As monsoon moisture continues to pour across the state, the National Weather Service issued flood and flash flood watches for a wide swath of Colorado on Thursday, potentially continuing through the early hours of Friday. .
Much of the drought-stricken state has received beneficial rains since the start of the week, saturating soils in some areas.
Thursday, as humidity rises from the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Mexico, thunderstorms are expected to begin in the mountainous southern regions as early as mid-morning. In the early afternoon, thunderstorms will begin to form over the eastern plain. These storms could be strong to severe.
Kiowa, Bent, Prowers and Baca counties were added to overnight watch areas. In much of the southeast area, flash flood watches come into effect around 4:00 p.m. and are expected to continue until 3:00 a.m. Friday.
The heaviest rainfall is primarily expected south of Highway 50, although there are indications that Kiowa County could also be targeted for significant rainfall.
During the day, southeastern counties can look for 0.10 to 0.25 inches of rain, with an additional 0.25 to 0.50 inches overnight. Larger amounts are possible where thunderstorms form.
Hail up to an inch is also possible, as well as wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour.
In much of southeastern Colorado, high temperatures are expected to only reach the upper 70s, nearly 25 degrees cooler than many days last week. Eads topped the 100 degree mark four times last week.
Heavy rain is expected to continue Friday.