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 sparse snowpack remaining in Colorado's mountains has dwindled to an alarming 12% of the 30 year average because of recent record-setting heat.
Snowpack makes up about 80% of the water in Colorado rivers, streams and reservoirs.
Streams in parts of the state are running at 45-50% of average. That figure varies from 60-100% this time last year.
After a dry March, April brought several storms that helped with
the state's snowpack, but May was dry again. Weather experts see no relief until at least August.
On Monday, Denver had a second day of record-breaking temperatures with a high of 98 degrees. That broke the old record of 97 set in 1884. Pueblo also set records both Sunday and Monday.