GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Near perfect spring weather is expected for the Western Slope for the next few days, but as spring will do… unsettled weather is just around the corner.

Friday and Saturday the region will be under the influence of a building ridge of high pressure. That will provide mostly clear, dry and warming conditions. Thursday through Saturday will be on a warming trend that should conclude in the low 80s, but middle and upper 70s are expected for most locations. The colder lows are not in the forecast until the middle of next week. So the region can expect the average low/highs will be surpassed for the short term (GJ 36/53 & MT 33/61). Please be aware that the region is also dry/drying and rain deficits are in place for many locations. Grand Junction and Montrose are closing in on a 1″ deficit for this time of the year. Please don’t be the human ignition source.

The next shot at widespread rain showers for the lower elevations will be primarily next Tuesday. The ramp up for measurable rain could begin late Monday and linger into early Wednesday. Snow will be falling again in the mountain zones and travel over/through those sites will be in winter mode. The main event is Tuesday, but two slugs of energy will swing through to prime the atmosphere. The first wave of energy passing through will be a little northern mountain snow. The default weather for the tri-county area will be increased clouds and wind late Saturday, but conditions should remain dry. Sunday will have slightly lowered afternoon temperatures and keep wind in the forecast along with the cloud coverage in place. Temperatures will trend mostly lower through the middle of next week with upper 40s/low 50s in the afternoon forecast. That will also mean frigid mornings for a few days (Wednesday and Thursday) in response to the Tuesday main player cold front moving through. Wind, rain, rain/snow, snow (elevation dependent) and cooler temperatures remain in the forecast for most of next week.