Forecast for rain ups threat of flooding
An influx of moisture forecast for western Colorado has prompted the National Weather Service in Grand Junction to issue a wide-ranging flash flood watch in effect today through Friday evening.
The watch includes southeastern and eastern Utah but extends into all of western Colorado from Rifle south to Pagosa Springs. The watch area includes nearly all or all of Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
The watch also includes a portion of Garfield County.
Among the Colorado cities in the watch area are: Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade, Rifle, Mesa, Cedaredge, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, Telluride, Durango and Cortez. The watch also extends toward Moab and Monticello in Utah.
A flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding, a sudden, dangerous situation.
The National Weather Service said Tuesday that the combination of heavy rain and the slow rate that the storms are forecast to move through the region creates conditions for potential flash flooding, particularly the Four Corners region.
The storm system moving into the area through Friday may bring increased rain but also lightning, gusty winds and small hail, the National Weather Service said.