Calmer & Warmer Thursday
Unfortunately, temperatures this morning plummeted below the freezing mark in the Grand Valley and the Uncompahgre River Basin. In fact, Grand Junction received a hard freeze this morning, which undoubtedly caused some damage to the crops across the area. Despite the chilly start, Thursday’s highs will have no problem reaching typical highs for late April. Grand Junction can expect a high temperature near 66.
Looking ahead to this weekend, it looks like our active weather pattern will continue. A strong trough of low pressure will track along the Pacific coast on Friday. Although winds likely won’t be quite as strong as last Tuesday, southwest could still reach as high as 30-40 mph Friday afternoon. A fire weather watch is in effect for the Paradox Valley in west Montrose and San Miguel Countries from Friday morning through Friday evening. The Western Slope will experience a brief warm up as well with lower valley highs in the mid 70s. Conditions will stay mild Friday night as cloud cover rolls into the region during the overnight hours.
That cloud cover will stick around all day Saturday, keeping high temperatures in the low to mid 60s in Grand Junction. Widespread rain showers will pop up Saturday afternoon, and by Saturday evening a good portion of western Colorado will be under the gun for some precip. Most models suggest these showers will push east of the region by sunrise on Sunday.
Air Quality in Grand Junction as of 11 AM Thursday is listed as good with a score of 30/500 according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Conditions are forecast to become good on Thursday.
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