Much Needed Rain or Not?

A powerful storm system is moving through the western US right now.  It is slow moving and likely not going to make an impact locally until Wednesday.  However, what type of impact will this storm have on us here in Southern Colorado?  Some of our computer models suggest, we could see some beneficial rain at lower elevations and snow in the mountains.  Other models are not as excited about the precipitation, but still have a sizeable cooldown for us.  Here is a look at the storm now:

Eventually this storm that is centered near Las Vegas tonight, should kick eastward and enter the Plains on Wednesday.  While this likely won't be a big severe weather maker for us, the dryline should light up in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.  The Storm Prediction Center is all over this and have outlooked the area accordingly:

Most of the US has had a reprieve from severe weather, but Wednesday will likely be a big day in the red shaded area.  Large hail, damaging wind, and tornadoes will be possible with this system.  However, I think the best combination of elements with storm will remain just east of Colorado.  Sounds like a broken record doesn't it?

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on May 15, 2011 at 04:54 PM
    The track of that last storm played a pretty big role in areas to the north getting slammed. It was slow moving, wet, and cold enough to produce some good snowfall amounts. Northwest CO Springs got some good rain, but southeast sections not so much... Pretty typical, when dealing with a strong north to northwest wind at the surface...
  • by jon Location: stratton meadows/ southgate on May 13, 2011 at 08:31 PM
    today. unbelieveable, went up to Frank town to do somework, NO snow on ground at Monument Hill, even all the way to Greenland Ranch ( few miles north of M.Hill ). then ( drove east from 1 25 toward Hiway 83 ) and started to encounter little snow left over, arrived at the conoco station at Franktown , no snow west of the H.83, then all suddenly, LOTS of snow yet on ground as drove 3 miles east on H.86 to subdivision, Village Pines, i was told there, while we were cleaning up broken pine trees, and couple fruit trees needed much ' triming ' after the 1 FOOT of snow they recieved and they had total of 3 inch of combined rain with snow melt water from that storm that we did NOT get ( what do you call a tenth of an inch a storm ? ), well that was quite revealing as to what we don't get while what they get north of here..jon
  • by jon Location: stratton meadows/southgate on May 11, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    as usual , a cheap, near worthless dink amount of rain, just only .26 in is ALL. certainly nothing to be excited about. so next , goes into the planting a Neomexicana parrii agave plant... for more extreme xerscape planting... jon
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 08:33 PM
    Rain? Ha! Nothing but MORE never ending wind. You watch.
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