WATCH: 5 things to know about the weather for July 4th weekend

Posted at 12:16 PM, Jul 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-02 13:16:42-04

Have big plans for July 4th? Jeff Penner breaks down the rain chances for the holiday weekend. 

1. Will we see any extended hours of dry weather on Saturday? 

There may be 1-2 hours where the rain comes down light or even stops altogether, but it will be hard to get a break. Even if the rain ends, temperatures will stay mostly 65-70° with an overcast sky.

2. When will the rain storm exit? 

The storm system will be moving out Sunday afternoon, so the rain will be tapering off at that time.

3. How much rain will we see? 

We are in a flash flood watch for rainfall amounts of 2" to 6". Some locations may see 6"-8" of rain. This will cause creeks and streams to become rather high and perhaps overflow. This heaviest seems to be targeting the I-70 corridor.

4. How can we have flooding since it has been so dry for weeks? 

There will be rainfall rates at times as high as 2"-3" per hour. This can take you from drought to deluge in less than an hour and flash flooding can occur. Six inches to one foot of water can float away a full-sized SUV. So, if you see any flowing water, TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN.

5. What does it look like for the 4th of July? 

It will be dry with clouds in the morning and some sun by the afternoon. Highs will be near 80°. Fireworks time will be dry and calm with temperatures falling to near 70°.


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