A summer thunderstorm rains on northern Colorado Springs with Garden of the Gods in the foreground Sunday, July 12, 2020. Afternoon thunderstorms are in the forecast in El Paso County for the next four days. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

There's a storm blowing through Colorado and it's bringing heavy rain with it.

According to the National Weather Service, "monsoon moisture" will be increasing this weekend, with several inches of rain expected to fall in some parts of the state. This comes a day after up to a foot of rain fell in parts of Yuma County.

The San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado will likely see the heaviest rainfall, though the central mountains and the Front Range will also likely see notable rain. The alert warns that flash flooding in slot canyons and burn scar areas could be possible.

The map below shows how much rain can be expected. Keep in mind that these predictions are subject to change.

Storm Map Credit: NOAA, NWS.

Map Credit: NOAA, NWS.

This weekend will likely be wet around much of the state, especially as evening storms roll in.

If you're camping, be prepared to battle the elements. Bring waterproofing bags and make sure you pack your rain fly. A plastic tarp can also be used to keep your tent off the wet ground. It's also important to remember that a wet ground is a cold ground – plan to layer accordingly.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. He also writes about outdoor recreation, travel news, and more. In his spare time, he loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike.


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