We are seeing another cool morning to start the day on the Western Slope. Morning lows were in the 40s for the Grand Valley, and we saw mid 30s over the higher elevations closer towards Aspen and Gunnison. We saw a light snow shower over Vail pass this morning, but it did not make much of an impact on road conditions, and quickly cleared up before sunrise. Chances for scattered showers over higher elevations near the Divide will pick back up again this afternoon, but with overall drier conditions close to the Colorado/Utah border rain chances look to stay out of the Grand Valley. The heaviest showers look to be off over the front range, but we will still see a 70% chance for scattered rain showers and thunderstorms to pop up over higher elevations near Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Gunnison this afternoon.
On Wednesday high pressure will begin to move into the Western Slope which will lock in clear skies and dry weather for the rest of the week. An upper level ridge will also add to the stability of the atmosphere causing highs to quickly warm up. We will see highs right around our end of May averages in the lower 80s and upper 70s in the Grand Valley tomorrow, and Thursday and Friday’s highs will be in the upper 80s to lower 90s. As we look to the holiday weekend we will see another system start to move into the Western Slope from the Pacific Northwest. Rain chances from this system look to be spotty, but we can expect to see some gustier winds in the Western Slope over the Memorial Day weekend.