Colorado looking to drier weather, though storm risk remains

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Posted: Jun 07, 2015 11:44 AM

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is looking to dry out over the next few days, a welcome break after a pattern of tornadoes, heavy rains and hail.

Forecasters say the state will see fewer storms Sunday and into next week. Isolated thunderstorms are predicted for the Front Range, but the rain won't be as widespread as last week.

Colorado saw several tornadoes on Thursday and Friday. The storms damaged several homes and sent campers running for safety. No one was injured.

Storms returned Saturday night, with parts of Denver seeing a half inch in about half an hour. A downtown festival and the Colorado Rockies game were delayed.

In southern Colorado, a flood watch prompted the evacuation of the North Crestone Creek Campground near the town of Crestone. North Crestone Creek was running high due to rapid snowmelt, KMGH-TV reported (bit.ly/1KiscWz).

The highest risk for storms Sunday was in the eastern part of the state.

The storms were the result of the El Nino phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean, an upper-level jet stream and a low-pressure system parked over Southern California.

Forecasters say another Pacific storm could deliver rains by the end of the week. Hurricane Blanca was headed Sunday for Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. Forecasters say Blanca could produce more rains in Colorado by Thursday or Friday, a special concern in areas prone to flooding and in areas still lacking ground cover after wildfires in 2013.