Temperatures across Southeast Colorado will be below normal Wednesday as another round of monsoon moisture spreads across the area.
While exact locations for the heaviest rains are unknown, be alert to the flood risk throughout the area. A flash flood watch will be in effect from 3:00 p.m. Wednesday until 3:00 a.m. Thursday.
While a small portion of central Colorado moved back into drought-free conditions, abnormally dry conditions expanded in the southwest corner of the state. Overall, about one-third of the state remains abnormally dry.
In northeast Colorado, all of Sedgwick and Phillips counties, along with smaller portions of Logan, Weld and Yuma counties remain abnormally dry after being drought-free until two weeks ago. Portions of Larimer and Jackson counties in north central Colorado are also abnormally dry.
Eastern Colorado will continue to bake under temperatures reaching 100 in some areas Friday, while the west watches for floods.
Video: flooding in downtown Eads, Kiowa County.
Seasonal monsoon moisture moving across southern Colorado dumped several inches of rain across southeast counties Saturday night. The National Weather Service issued several flood alerts, including flash flood warnings for areas around Eads and Buena Vista, along with flood advisories in at least seven counties.
Below are photos from the impacts to Eads in Kiowa County. Video is also available here.
One-third of Colorado is now abnormally dry, a dramatic increase over less than 15 percent of the state's area just one week ago.
In northeast Colorado, all of Sedgwick and Phillips counties, along with smaller portions of Logan, Weld and Yuma counties are now classified as abnormally dry after being drought-free last week. Portions of Larimer and Jackson counties in north central Colorado also shifted to abnormally dry.
The greatest expansion occurred in northwest and west Central Colorado, where all or portions of 22 counties are now under abnormally dry conditions.
Seasonal monsoon moisture that has brought heavy rain and thunderstorms to Colorado's eastern plains for the latter half of the week will continue Saturday afternoon, while the west slope continues to see hot and mostly dry conditions.