The National Weather Service in Pueblo has issued a flash flood warning and a severe thunderstorm watch for most of El Paso County Tuesday afternoon amid a rainy day.

The flood warning covers Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Falcon and Cimarron Hills.

The weather service's radar began tracking a severe storm at 3:55 p.m. that was expected to bring heavy rain, leading to flash floods, across El Paso County. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for eastern counties, including El Paso, until 9 p.m., according to the weather service.

Up to two inches of rain had fallen in the areas by about 5:30 p.m., according to the warning. The flood warning expires at 7 p.m.

A tornado warning was issued by the weather service for El Paso County until 5:45 p.m.

The severe thunderstorm watch focused on east El Paso County, primarily Ellicott.

At 4:03 pm, Doppler radar showed a severe thunderstorm near Ellicott, moving east at 15 mph. The storm watch expired at 4:30 p.m.


The afternoon storms will cool down an 88-degree day, with low temperatures overnight dipping into the 50s, forecasters predict.

More afternoon storms are expected Wednesday, following a pattern of temperatures hitting the 80s before clouds roll in.

"Large hail will be a threat along with gusty wind and frequent lightning," according to Gazette news partner KKTV. "The tornado threat is low today."

Rain and thunderstorms are expected to stick around through the weekend  with temperatures creeping up into the mid 90s.

Click here for the video forecast from Gazette news partner KKTV.



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