Valley under flash flood watch again

For the third day in a row, the Grand Valley and most of western Colorado and eastern Utah are under a flash flood watch, as monsoonal moisture pushes up from the south and could dump heavy rain over the region.

The watch is in effect until midnight, with scattered to numerous thunderstorms developing this afternoon and continuing through late this evening, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Forecasters say areas of steep terrain and areas with already saturated soils are especially susceptible to flash flooding.

Storms the last two days have flooded several local streets and triggered power outages. Precipitation, though, has targeted different areas of the valleys. On Wednesday, rain primarily hammered the downtown and north areas, while on Thursday it seemed more concentrated on the Redlands and valley areas further west.

The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain today and tonight in Grand Junction and a high temperature of 93 degrees. The monsoonal pattern will then break up for the next several days, as conditions dry out and temperatures hover in the mid-90s through the middle of next week.


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