Flooding concerns strike Colorado Springs area, forcing evacuations
Flooding concerns have swept into parts of southern and eastern Colorado this evening as significant rains have drenched Colorado Springs and neighboring communities.
Flash flooding and large hail pounded parts of southern and eastern Colorado this afternoon. Over an inch of rain (1.15″) fell in Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs between 4 and 4:30 this evening, an impressive total. Manitou Springs, just to the west of Colorado Springs, received at least 1.62″ or rain (as of 8:00pm MT on Wednesday), leading to reports of flash flooding in the touristy town- forcing evacuations there and closing the main road, US-24, in both directions due to a flash flood warning.
All of this rain, however, is (relatively) normal. July is typically Colorado Springs’ second-wettest month of the year, with nearly three inches of rain on average (August, with 3.34″ of rain, is on average the wettest), mostly due to the start of the monsoon season.
Rain chances, however, should generally be on the decrease as monsoonal moisture dissipates by the end of the week, and a drastic warmup should take place over the weekend and into the start of next week. Chances for more isolated showers and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast for the area into the weekend.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi