Flash flood watch issued for portions of western Colorado, Utah

A flash flood watch has been issued for portions of eastern Utah and western Colorado through the afternoon and evening hours today.

The National Weather Service issued the watch Saturday in anticipation of heavy rain expected in the area today.

The areas affected are the Central Gunnison and Uncompahgre River Basin, the West Elk Mountains, the Upper Gunnison River Valley, the Uncompahgre Plateau and Dallas Divide.

The southwestern corner of Colorado and areas ranging to Moab also could be in store for heavy thunderstorms today, the National Weather Service said.

A flash flood watch means rainy conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding, which is a potentially dangerous situation.

Mudslides or rockslides also can occur during a flash flood watch.

Elsewhere in Colorado,  thunderstorms rolling along Colorado’s Front Range have flooded some city streets and gusty winds in northern Colorado have toppled trees.

Areas stretching from south of Denver to northeast of the metro area got more than an inch of rain in about a half hour Friday evening. A lightning strike temporarily halted some southbound light rail service in the Denver area.

In southern Colorado, Pueblo got 1.5 inches of rain, flooding some intersections.

Wind gusts of more than 60 mph uprooted trees on the north side of Greeley.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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