FTB 05-24-2019: High Temperatures Increasing 10-15°F and a Break in Rainfall to Kick Off the Holiday Weekend

Issue Date: Friday, May 24th, 2019
Issue Time: 8:40AM MDT

–Flooding is NOT expected today

Another cold night across the state with lows reaching the low 30°Fs across the Urban Corridor and dipping below 30°F over the Southwest Slope. Today, the system that brought widespread rainfall, cloud cover and snow to the higher elevations is well to the north of the state. Behind the system, a much drier air mass has worked its way into the state with the SSW flow aloft. Outside of a few scattered showers over the Northwest Slope and Northern Mountains this afternoon, the state is forecast to stay dry. Temperatures will also begin to rebound with highs reaching the low 80°Fs over the eastern plains, and mid-60°Fs over the western valleys. Over the mountains, temperatures are expected to reach the mid-40°Fs to 50°F in the valleys. Temperatures are still a bit below normal for this time of year, but at this point, we’ll take it.

Today’s Flood Threat Map

For more information on today’s flood threat, see the map below. For Zone-Specific forecasts, scroll below the map.

 

Zone-Specific Forecasts:

Northwest Slope, Grand Valley, Southwest Slope, San Luis Valley, San Juan Mountains, Central Mountains, Northern Mountains:

Lingering moisture and some mid-level energy from the developing trough over the west coast will help spark some scattered showers and weak thunderstorms over the Northwest Slope and Northern Mountains this afternoon. Activity should be limited in spatial coverage with max 1-hr rain rates up to 0.25 inches are possible. Some brief gusty winds are possible with the high-based storms. Temperatures also rebound with highs 10-15°F warmer than yesterday. As anticipated, flooding is not forecast.

Primetime: 1PM to 9PM

Raton Ridge, Southeast Plains, Urban Corridor, Palmer Ridge, Northeast Plains, Southeast Mountains, Front Range:

Should be a dry day across these regions with some broken cloud cover this afternoon. Some light rainfall may be possible over Jackson County near the Divide, but on trace amounts of accumulation are forecast. High temperatures are forecast in the 70°Fs over the adjacent plains/Urban Corridor and 80°Fs for the Southeast Plains. Flooding is not forecast.