Devastating flash flooding impacted parts of Colorado last night into this morning (Wednesday Night-Thursday Morning). The flood waters washed away roads, collapsed houses, and sadly killed at least 2 people. Many people have been evacuated to escape the flood waters. Within a 12 hour time frame, anywhere from 4-6 inches of rain had fallen and more has continue to fall through the day on Thursday with some places picking up more than 8 inches by Thursday evening. That’s lead to several evacuations in the Boulder, CO area. As of the 7 o’clock hour, rain continues to fall over eastern Colorado. Below is an image taken on Instagram from brandish of the flooding in Boulder and the rushing water on Wednesday evening. Just incredible!
The current weather pattern won’t be bringing much relief to the area anytime soon. More flooding could be possible right into the first part of the weekend. The flooding is thanks to a stalled out area of low pressure over Utah. The low is in the perfect spot to drag up very moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and force it up the Rocky Mountains. This setup can produce some very torrential rains, and that’s what folks in Colorado are dealing with this week.
Below is a look at the rainfall estimates from Thursday. You can see where that upsloping is occurring and producing heavy rainfall. Unfortunately, this pattern will not break down until Saturday or Sunday. Colorado will have more rain than they know what to do with…meanwhile, here in Western Wisconsin the severe drought expands.