Strong wind speeds have been blasting the Western Slope all day Wednesday.
A Red Flag Warning and a Wind Advisory will both expire at 9 pm Wednesday night, but the wind speeds will still be clipping around the the 15-30 mph zone through Friday. The difference between Wednesday and the rest of this work week will be an increased rain potential (through Saturday for Montrose). The weather maker responsible for all this action is sitting to our northwest and will finally kick eastward on Thursday. As this movement occurs, late Thursday will be the shot for a second round of rain showers! Thursday afternoon highs will be on the cooler side of the averages and temperatures are expected to continue cooling into the weekend. Rain showers in the lower valleys will trend to the lighter side with better rain accumulations at the higher elevations. Showers will continue Friday, but they will be much less frequent. This exiting system will produce one more round of showers (on the backside) early Saturday and that could mean a rain/snow mix is possible for a few locations in the lower elevations. Late weekend and early next week will be a small window of less unsettled weather as another system barrels into the region for the middle of next week.