Cold temperatures will persist throughout the Western Slope.
Average low/high for Grand Junction in early January is middle teens and middle 30s. Falling short of those averages will mean bitter cold conditions. Add cloud coverage and a light wind and it will feel like a stale piece of bread… not fun. Dry conditions will remain in place for Tuesday January 4, but there could be a slight chance of snow flurries for the midweek (Wednesday evening). There is an approaching winter storm and it is already kicking strong wind speeds in the High Country and it will deliver more snow in those elevations. There are several Winter Storm Warnings in place through Thursday and the mountain zones in Gunnison, Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield and Routt Counties are expecting another 1-2 feet of snow. Travel will continue to be problematic and delays/closures are expected. There is not an expectation of snow accumulations in the lower valleys. This storm system is evolving and has been trending further south than models indicated 48 hours ago, never say never. The next round of active weather appears for the upcoming weekend. Cold inversions, if they can’t get kicked out with this passing midweek system, will remain in place through the week.