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KUSA - A warming trend is expected for temperatures this weekend, and the chance for more afternoon storms will increase the risk for more flash flooding.

Afternoon highs are expected to be from 5 to 7 degrees warmer than Friday afternoon, with mostly sunny skies early and clouds increasing after 3 pm. Scattered storms will develop in the high country by midday, then spread eastward over the Divide through the afternoon.

Storms along I-25 this afternoon and early evening will contain gusty winds to around 45 mph, dangerous lightning, and brief downpours.

A flash flood watch is in effect from noon Saturday through the evening for Woodland Park, Black Forest, Air Force Academy and Colorado Springs in Teller and El Paso Counties. Heavy rain is expected in burn scars that could cause new debris flows and flash flooding.

The clash of warm temperatures and high dew points will cause a couple of storms east of Fort Morgan and Kiowa to briefly reach severe levels with 1" diameter hail and wind gusts up to 60 mph.


Storm activity should dwindle after sunset along the urban corridor and continue to push eastward overnight. Skies will turn partly cloudy with lows expected to be cool in the upper 50s.

Sunday's temperatures will be warmer with highs in the low 90s and most storms confined to the mountains, although a few strong storms are possible in the northeast corner of the state with heavy rain, hail and damaging winds. More seasonal temperatures are expected for the work week with a better chance for rain on Tuesday.