Flash flood watch for Steamboat and surrounding areas
National Weather Service forecasts heavy rain Tuesday
July 11, 2011
Steamboat Springs — A flash flood watch remains in effect for Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas through tonight.
The National Weather Service's Grand Junction forecast office predicts a 70 percent chance of heavy rain Tuesday and Tuesday night. Gusty winds could accompany the storms.
"Deep subtropical moisture and an unstable air mass will continue to bring widespread showers and thunderstorms to the region through (this) evening," the advisory states. "Thunderstorms capable of producing rainfall amounts from 1 to 2 inches in less than an hour can be expected."
Flash floods, mudslides and rockslides are more likely to occur in areas of steep terrain. The flash flood watch is in effect for all of western Colorado and eastern Utah.
Tuesday's high temperature is forecast at 75 degrees, with an overnight low of 47 degrees. The chance for precipitation diminishes to 20 percent Wednesday before giving way to clear skies and highs around 80 on Thursday and Friday.
It's already been a wet July, with 2.62 inches of rain falling as of 7 a.m. Monday, according to local weather observer Art Judson. Warm weather and frequent precipitation has been fueling rapid snowmelt in the high country, as evidenced by Fish Creek's dramatic rise late last week.