Red Flag Warnings in place for most of the Western Slope Thursday as our next weather maker pushes in from the southwest.
Temperatures will still be running 5-10 degrees hotter than they should. Dry conditions will continue to rule the region with significant drought categories and substantial rain deficits in place. The leading edge of our next weather maker (clouds and slowly increasing showers and thunderstorms in the Four Corners region/High Country) will be the cutoff low pressure system parked off the California coast. The best storm chances will be in southwest Colorado, but all of the mesas, mountains and plateaus will become the genesis for late day storms through the middle of next week. Thursday afternoon wind speeds should be in the 25-35 mph zone with stronger wind gusts up to 45 mph. This pattern we call the southwest flow will also be transporting smoke from southern California/Nevada wildfires.
The Western Slope may fall into another Air Quality Advisory. This should be a cautionary statement for those with respiratory issues.