A FLASH FLOOD WATCH will go into effect this afternoon for most of Southern Colorado. Daytime heating and moisture will combine with a disturbance moving through Colorado to develop numerous thunderstorms. Any one of them will be more than capable of producing very heavy rain. Burn scars and areas that have seen recent heavy rain will be under the greatest risk for flash flooding. This FLASH FLOOD WATCH will remain in effect through 6pm Wednesday. The 11 Breaking Weather Team will be tracking this threat closely for you the next two days.
The winter storm bearing down on the Front Range is already being blamed for one death in the city of Salida, about a hundred miles southwest of Denver.
Chaffee County Coroner Randy Amettis says 78-year-old John Watters was using a snow blower to throw snow from his driveway this morning when his heart gave out. His wife says he had just cleared a neighbor's property before turning to his own driveway.
The exertion, she said, was too much for him.
Before he retired, Watters worked as a snow plow driver for the Colorado Department of Transportation, routinely helping to clear U-S 50 over Monarch Pass.
Salida, a city of about 55-Hundred, has about a foot of snow on the ground tonight.