Incoming cold front responsible for the strong wind Monday along with the cool and rainy conditions Tuesday.
Wind Advisory and Red Flag Warnings are in place through Monday evening. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible. Unsecured items outside will get blown around and any open flames, machinery that sparks or hot engines could ignite a fire. The unsettled conditions in place are due to an approaching cold font. The wind remains in this forecast through Wednesday (backside/nw flow), just not as strong as Monday/Tuesday (pre-frontal). Rain chance will also be on the increase ahead, along and behind the previously mentioned cold front. Snow is expected in the highest elevations while valley rain showers are scattered throughout the day Tuesday. Rain showers could begin as early as the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday and linger past sunset. Temperatures should drop about ten degrees below the late April averages (GJ 69 degrees/Montrose 66 degrees).
Once Wednesday begins, dry and warm conditions will increase across the forecast area through the upcoming weekend. Under a ridge of high pressure, the forecast will have less wind, more sunshine and a warming trend that could put a few spots close to 90 degrees.