DENVER — Big weather changes are heading to the metro area Wednesday afternoon and evening.

On FOX31 News at 5 p.m.: Dave Fraser with the Pinpoint Weather update

A big increase in moisture will not only help the high fire danger, but it will also bring a better chance of storms.

Cloud cover, cooler temperatures, and widespread storms are the impacts.

Most of the Front Range woke up to gloomy skies and scattered rain showers Wednesday morning, but the heaviest rainfall is expected through evening.

Wednesday’s storms could be strong to severe and will be more widespread than the recent afternoon storms. A tornado warning was issued for Teller County for a time Wednesday afternoon.

A tornado warning had been issued for Teller County for a time Wednesday afternoon. Warnings for wind had been in effect for the plains, also.

Additional warnings are possible through the night.

Yet, the main threat with the storms is heavy rainfall.

There could be some decent rainfall totals. Spots along the Palmer Divide, Eastern Mountains, and the Interstate 70 corridor have the best chance to see substantial rainfall of up to 1.5 inches.

Other places such as Denver and the northern Front Range will see less but still have a good chance to see a few storms with accumulating rain.

A flash flood watch has been issued for El Paso and Pueblo counties, and Colorado’s southern mountains from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Storms could contain heavy rainfall that could create flash flooding on roadways, creeks, and streams.

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