- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Wet weather is expected to keep sweeping across Colorado, with up to 2 feet of snow falling in the eastern mountains and heavy rain starting Monday evening, weather officials said.

As a Pacific storm system moves northeast across the state, the plains, where rural roads were underwater last week, could face new flooding. A winter storm warning for heavy snow was issued Monday for the mountains.

May is typically Colorado’s wettest month, and so far, it’s rained almost every day this month, National Weather Service meteorologist Nezette Rydell said. The state saw snow through the end of May and into June the last two years, Rydell said, so the expected mountain snow was not unusual.

But it will be cooler than usual. Temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s along the Front Range for the next few days, while the 70s is normal, Rydell said.

In Colorado Springs, where light rain was falling Monday morning, Colorado College moved its commencement ceremonies indoors, The Gazette reported.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo told the newspaper that it predicted heavy rain moving in to the Pikes Peak region after 4 p.m., which could cause flooding in urban areas and places stripped bare by forest fires two years ago.


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