Another round of active weather for the Western Slope as we wrap up the workweek.
Storm motion has been from the northwest to southeast and as such, we will look for storms to develop upstream and consider the impacts through the evening hours. Brief heavy downpours, gusty wind speeds, lightning and small hail are the hazards. The scattered nature of these thunderstorms are moving around 20 mph and should begin to clear up as we get past sunset (8:40-ish MST).
The temperatures will begin to warm up very slowly as we head through the weekend because each day there will be a little more sunshine and a little less storms, but we wont eradicate the storm potential entirely. Mountain storms are expected each afternoon through the middle of next week and that focus along the Divide and the San Juans will allow pop up storms late in the day for a few lower elevations. These areas will benefit from a good subtropical source region and should keep the storms popping. The heat maker, a ridge of high pressure is not directly overhead until late next week. If you want record breaking heat, head to the PACNW where the heat dome is anchored. The hotter temperatures will return late next week to the Western Slope as the storm chances dry up by next weekend.