Southwest Coloradans had better take their umbrellas with them today.
It looks like a slam dunk that its going to rain, said meteorologist Jeff Colton with the Grand Junction Office of the National Weather Service. Its trying to nail the amount that is hard.
Colton, who said the chance of rain is 80 percent today and 90 percent tonight in town, said the moisture is a remnant of Tropical Storm Karl in the Gulf of Mexico. The moisture will be maximized by a front that is coming in from the west at the same time.
Were predicting significant rain, from 1 to 2 inches, for the southwest part of the state, including the San Juan Mountains and Durango, Cortez and Pagosa Springs, he said. The highest peaks may see a little snow.
Meteorologists at the weather service have declared a flash-flood watch beginning at noon today and continuing through Thursday morning.
The conditions with that much rain moving in are favorable for flash flooding, Colton said. It may take a little longer because it hasnt rained for a while, but if it comes down fast, there will definitely be a problem.
Conditions will probably return to Indian summer after this storm moves out Thursday.
After this rain event, it will start drying out, and things will be high and dry for quite a while, Colton said. It will probably be calm for at least the next week.
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