Cool, thundery end to week, nicer on weekend

9:00 AM, Thursday, May 26, 2016

Today and Friday should be cool days with some wet periods (and maybe some strong thunderstorms this afternoon). The weekend is looking nicer with sunny periods, mild temperatures, but still the chance for an afternoon shower or thundershower.


Severe weather: It has been a week with lots of hail and some violent tornadoes on the high plains of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and eastern Colorado. And like Tuesday, today’s thunderstorms will likely kick off near the Front Range before moving east. Severe thunderstorms are possible in parts of the Front Range region, with the chances greater east of I-25, and north of the Palmer Divide.


Today and tonight: showers and thunderstorms beginning this afternoon, some severe weather possible, especially on the northeastern Colorado high plains. There may be a period of steady rain or drizzle during the night along the Front Range.

Friday: possibly some areas of lingering clouds and drizzle or rain early, then a relative dry period before more showers in the afternoon. Cool.

Weekend: sunny periods, near average temperatures (around 70 Denver metro), but some clouds and thundershowers around, mainly afternoons and evenings.


If you are driving east, pay attention to the possibility of severe weather over the next couple days in the Great Plains. Also, an early season tropical storm (Bonnie) may form and impact the southeastern U.S. coast (GA, SC, or NC) this weekend. Tropical storms in May are unusual but not unheard of. What is really unusual is that if it forms it will be the 2nd tropical storm this year! A very unusual Hurricane Alex already occurred back in January in the central Atlantic.



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