May 19, 2021 Forecast First


Even with a few passing storm clouds Wednesday evening, most of the rain showers should be confined to the eastern Mesa and Garfield county locations. Expecting a mild and quiet Wednesday night.

Thursday morning wil begin with clear and warmer than average (GJ 48F/MT 44F) low temperatures. Forecast has 50s and 60s to start the day. That warmer than average trend will continue into Thursday afternoon with near 90 degrees for one lucky spot, 80 for the majority. The average high this time of the year is GJ 78F and Montrose 75F. Dry conditions are on tap for Thursday and as such, Red Flag Warnings and Wind Advisories are in place for portions of the Western Slope. Late day wind gusts are expected through the 40 mph zone. An approaching cold front will keep the wind going Thursday and into Friday along with an increasing chance of rain showers for the valley elevations. Some models have a robust band of showers moving through earlier in the day while others have the Western Slope expecting afternoon pop up showers and thunderstorms. Regardless, Friday is our next rain opportunity before the weekend dries out a bit and high temperatures will scale back significantly to the averages. Mountain zones will still be active Saturday and Sunday, but the lower elevations will be working with dry, partly sunny and breezy conditions.

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