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.
If there's a word to describe the Pikes Peak region recently, it might be, damp. Another round of afternoon storms moved through southern Colorado Thursday bringing heavy rains and lightning.
After weeks of dry heat falling raindrops have become a more familiar sound. The return of the moisture creates a splashy drive around southern Colorado. The storms also have a flashy side.
"It was a loud crack. I heard the fizzle from the transformer go. [It was] just a blinding flash," said Shawn Hudson Thursday. He had stepped away from his post at the Against The Grain Tattoo Supply store in Colorado Springs and stood within 30 feet of a power pole that took a lightning strike. It caused the business to go dark briefly and Shawn to seek some cover.
"That was pretty scary close," he said.
Another strike started an attic fire in Fountain.
"My sister in law said ‘There [are] fire trucks outside.’ I'm thinking, ‘I hope it's not my house!’" said Marie Clement-Smith.
The action was actually across the street from Clement-Smith on Bentwater Drive. First responders were dousing a few small flames. Fire Chief Darrin Anstine said those kinds of fires can become a big problem for homeowners during a thunderstorm.
"It's important that anytime they get their house hit or they think it's hit, they need to call their fire department to come check, just to make sure," Anstine said.
The Red Cross reported no one was hurt at the house, and they did not have to be removed from their home which received only minor damages.
Rainy weather also caused headaches along the front range. Heavy bands of rain created flooding on busy roads across Denver, and created a few delays at Denver International Airport. A handful of flights bound for Denver had to be diverted to land in Colorado Springs.
According to officials with the LPGA , those who had tickets for Thursday's round of the U.S. Women's Open at the Broadmoor will still be able to use them. Tickets will be honored again Friday.