Risk of showers/thudnerstorms returns this evening

1:00 PM, Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The risk of showers and thunderstorms returned to Colorado (mainly west of the continental divide), but there is at least a small chance for some showers or a thunderstorm in parts of eastern Colorado and Wyoming tonight.

A weak storm system and its associated sub-tropical moisture is moving north into western Colorado as of midday Wednesday and it’s likely to move eastward across eastern Colorado and Wyoming tonight. For the Front Range region, the risk of heavy rain at any given point is low, but it’s higher than we seen in a while. In addition, the small chance for rain may extend through the night and into the Thursday. Temperatures Thursday should be a little cooler, but above average temperatures and mainly dry weather is likely to return for the weekend.

Firefighters in hard-hit Washington, Oregon, and Idaho may get a little help form nature this weekend with cooler weather and a small chance for some showers. Unfortunately, widespread precipitation is not expected.

On the other end of the country, tropical storm Erika is being closely watched as it moves to the west from its location east of the Virgin Islands. The storm is weak and in an area unfavorable for hurricane development which may cause it to dissipate in the next 48 hours. However, if it hangs on it will likely reach an area with favorable conditions for hurricane development near the Bahamas and become a threat to the Southeast U.S. early next week.

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