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Flood Alerts Expand As Temps Warm, Rain Chances Increase

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Chris Spears By Chris Spears
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DENVER (CBS4) – All eyes will remain on rising rivers and streams across northern Colorado this week as temperatures stay warm and the chance for afternoon thunderstorms increases.

It’s exactly what folks living along many rivers, creeks and streams do not want to hear as a near record snowpack continues to melt and flow downstream.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The Colorado Weather Center is tracking two sources of moisture that will impact our weather over the next few days.

One is moving in from the Pacific Ocean along the jet stream and includes moisture from what once was Hurricane Amanda.

The other is coming up from the Gulf of Mexico as a plume of moisture circulates around a large area of low pressure over the deep south.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

This will translate into afternoon showers and thunderstorms as we head into the weekend, some that will produce locally heavy rain.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Some of the worst conditions so far have been along the Poudre River in Greeley where many streets along the water have been flooded. There is also a road closure along Larimer County Road 5 due to water covering a bridge.

Waters are also high along the Elk River, the Eagle River and on most waterways in Grand and Jackson Counties.

Flood advisories remain in effect for portions of the Colorado River, from De Beque Canyon westward.

The National Weather Service is monitoring other rivers for potential flood warnings, including the Roaring Fork, Gunnison and Yampa.

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