Flash flood watch in effect; tubing ban extended to Clear Creek

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A tubing ban has gone up for Boulder Creek, Poudre River, Clear Creek and Saint Vrain River.

DENVER — A flash flood watch is in effect for the Front Range, including in the Denver metro area, as strong storms are expected to roll in Friday.

Combined with warm temperatures this week accelerating snowmelt, creeks and rivers are rising to high, fast and dangerous conditions.

Officials in Boulder and Larimer counties banned tubing on Boulder Creek and the Poudre River on Thursday. And Friday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Golden Police Department announced a limit on waterway use on Clear Creek.

Slow-moving storms Friday will increase the chance of flash flooding and caution is advised near creeks and rivers. There will be less chance of rain Saturday and Sunday appears to be drier and warmer.