High rivers, closed trails, rain and snow as Memorial Day weekend looms

· May 22, 2015, 2:15 pm
Photo: Rainy Boulder (AP Photo), weather, rainAP
A man walks a student to school in the rain, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Colorado braced for a spring storm with unseasonably heavy rains and several inches of snow expected in the high country.

In northeastern Colorado, the Poudre and South Platte River are at or near flood stage in Weld and Morgan counties. Video from KUSA-TV showed flooding of farm fields in Kersey Friday morning.

KUSA also has some details on Front Range trails that are too wet to open this weekend.

In southern Colorado, flood warnings are in effect for the Arkansas River in Pueblo County and the Purgatoire River, which is finally starting to emerge from a severe drought.

Releases from the Pueblo Reservoir are adding to the flows in the Arkansas. Water is also being released from Chatfield Reservoir south of Denver to help control flows on the South Platte.

And on the Western Slope, Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District is calling May a miracle in Colorado, the Grand Junction Sentinel reports. Kuhn says Lake Powell could see 1 million to 1.5 million acre-feet of water flow in from high country rain and melting snow.

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