Days of soggy weather and rounds of storms have prompted massive, swift-moving flash flooding in portions of Colorado and Texas late this week.
"A storm system that has been riding along the bottom of the big dip in the jet stream that is in place across the eastern two-thirds of the United States is responsible for the flooding problems across Colorado and then the growing danger across Texas and southern Oklahoma," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Krissy Pydynowski.
Combining with moisture along the Rockies, the system unleashed torrential rain over portions of central Colorado late Tuesday and Wednesday.
"Colorado Springs picked up nearly 0.78 of an inch of rain Wednesday," Pydynowski said.
Across the region, the rain inundated roadways, neighborhoods and rivers, causing monumental flash flooding, hindering travel and endangering lives.
Rain, while still lingering over the area, will not be as severe over the coming days.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Joe Lundberg, "the precipitation in the coming days will be limited in scope, and almost exclusively scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms through the weekend and into next week."
He explained that heat will continue to build and temperatures will approach the 90s over the weekend and into next week.
As the system moved southeastward, rain began pouring on portions of northeastern Texas late Wednesday. Parts of the region had already received more than 8 inches of rain by Thursday morning. In the Valley View area, including Cooke, Denton, Wise, Decatur and Denton counties, significant flooding ensued Thursday.
7:30AM: 10.78" of rain was measured 4 miles south of Valley View. High water rescues have been reported in the area. #dfwwx #texomawx #TADD— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) July 17, 2014