A storm system will begin to impact Southern Colorado by late this morning. Mountain locations will simply see snow, but lower elevations will see rain eventually change to snow by later this afternoon. Locations higher in elevation will see the heaviest snow, due to colder temperatures. So then, Teller County, far northwest El Paso County, and the Wet & Sangre de Cristo Mountains will likely see several inches of wet snow. The major cities will see far less snow and the storm will exit toward early Saturday morning.
The return of rain to the forecast is stirring up some concern for neighborhoods recovering from the Waldo Canyon Fire. Experts are encouraging families to prepare for the dangers of a flash flood.
Ahead of the rain, sandbags line some streets in Mountain Shadows.
"I think the neighborhood has mixed feelings about what will happen,” said Kiera Lewis.
She is among those taking the step to sandbag around her house, anticipating that a flash flood could be destructive.
"I'm more concerned about a few of my neighbors more in the line of target than we are."
Ken Hughlett from the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management says city engineers have completed several projects designed to add a level of protection to neighborhoods like Kiera's, such as digging large retention basins and building traps to catch debris.
The concern is with rain in the forecast enough water over a prolonged period of time could still pose a threat.
"The basic idea of flash flood with debris in it is we don't know where that debris is going to come from in the burn scar,” said Hughlett. “It all depends on where rain falls and what's between us and the debris field that can catch that this time."
In the meantime, neighborhoods near the scar should stay on alert.
"We just like to remind everybody to be prepared be watching the weather channels and watch what's going on around you," Hughlett said.
Hughlett emphasized how fast a flash flood can happen, and encouraged households to have a plan to get to safety, and to practice that plan.
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