Flash flood watch Sunday for El Paso, Teller counties

Published: July 28, 2013, 1:30 pm

The Gazette -

A flash flood watch has been issued Sunday for El Paso and Teller Counties, including the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest burn scars, the National Weather Service in Pueblo said.

The watch began at 9 a.m. this morning and will expire at 11 p.m. as a major weather system moves across southern Colorado.

The weather system carries the potential to cause flash flooding over the burn scars. The weather service reports a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday, with the best chance of precipitation after noon. Some of these storms could produce heavy rainfall.

In the last 24 hours, the National Weather Service has reported less than 0.1 inches of rain over the Waldo Canyon burn scar and 0.2 inches of rain over the Black Forest burn scar.

On Saturday night, a weather system produced between .5 and .75 inches of rain just south of the Black Forest burn scar.

Those in and around the burn scars should stay vigilant and pay attention to the latest weather forecasts and be prepared to evacuate if a flash flood warning is issued, the service said.