Tornadoes threaten, rain falls and snow graces Pikes Peak. More rain possible Sunday around Colorado Springs

By: The Gazette
August 4, 2013 Updated: August 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm
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The wet weather many of you experienced Saturday in the Pikes Peak region has a decent chance of continuing Sunday.

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 84 with a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms in the Colorado Springs area.

The weather service says scattered thunderstorms will develop over the mountains in the early afternoon, moving east toward the Interstate 25 corridor and eastern plains Sunday afternoon. Add already damp ground conditions, and the chance of flooding exists.

"The ground is going to be saturated, especially some of the areas that had heavy rain," said Mike Nosko, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Pueblo. "Right now we’re not anticipating as much moisture as last night’s storms but the chances for flooding will increase after last night's storm."

It's a similar forecast for Monday, when the weather service says we can expect a high of 86 with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms.

On Saturday, several severe thunderstorms passed through the region in the afternoon, concluding a day of violent weather statewide and forcing road closures locally before causing a brief tornado-scare east of Colorado Springs.

A photo posted on Facebook by The Cliff House at Pikes Peak showed snow at the mountain's summit and a rainbow over the city.

Betty Kuhlman, ranger supervisor for the Pikes Peak Highway Rangers, said 4 to 6 inches of a mix of hail, graupel and snow fell on the summit Saturday.

A tornado warning was issued for northeast El Paso County for roughly 40 minutes around 7 p.m. as a tornadic storm cell - which produced one confirmed tornado outside of Limon - moved southward, according to the weather service.

Many local intersections were shut down in southern Colorado Springs, including at Hancock Expressway and Circle Drive and at Airport Road and Academy Boulevard. Police subdivisions throughout Colorado Springs were sending officers to the south part of the city to assist with closures and flooded roadways.

"Anything south of Palmer Park and east of Union is inundated," said Lt. Cari Graves Saturday evening.

Areas east of Colorado Springs saw the most intense weather, including heavy rain and wind.

Severe weather in northern Colorado was to blame for several tornadoes which touched down in Larimer and Weld counties, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Those areas also saw heavy rain and intense hail.

Those strong storms did not cause any severe damage, according to The Denver Post, but did dent many cars and down several trees.

Wind forced the diversion of flights into Denver International Airport, one of which was sent to the Colorado Spring Airport, according to a news release.

Rain is expected to continue in the region throughout the week as the summer monsoon season comes to an end.

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