We are sing clear skies to start the day on the Western Slope. Thanks to the upper level ridge morning lows aren’t as cold as they were yesterday. Skies will stay clear for the morning and most of the afternoon. Once we get into the evening hours we will see partly cloudy skies move into the region. High temperatures will continue to climb into the 80s for the day. High pressure will continue to lock in dry air for today-Saturday on the Western Slope. At the upper levels of the atmosphere there is a strong ridge above the Western Slope. This ridge will continue to the warming trend into tomorrow. Friday’s highs will break into the 90s in the Grand Valley. Strong winds will move in tomorrow and last through the weekend. With strong winds, hot temperatures, and dry weather expected, Red Flag Warnings have been issued for the Western Slope. Be extra cautious with any open flame, and make sure you are properly disposing of your cigarette butts. A front will pass through for Sunday and Memorial day. This front will bring in spotty chances for pop up afternoon storms for both days. Most of those storms will be over the higher elevations, but there will still be around a 30% chance in the lower valleys.