Morning lows are very warm today on the Western Slope. Grand Junction was still in the lower 60s at 5 am this morning. The warmer temperatures will last into the afternoon hours for today. Today will be the hottest day of the week with high temperatures only a 1-2 degrees below our records. Stronger afternoon winds will be move into the Western Slope today. With the strong winds, hot temperatures, and dry conditions Red Flag Warnings have been issued for most of the Western Slope. Due to the enhanced fire risk be extra cautious with any open flame today. Sustained winds this afternoon will be around 20 mph. Tomorrow will be slightly cooler, but we will see even stronger winds. Peak sustained winds in the valleys have the potential to break into the 30 mph range, and wind gust will be around 40 mph.
A cold front will start to move through the Western Slope Saturday night. Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will form over the northern mountains tomorrow night. Sunday morning’s storms will be dry for the most part, but chances for rain will pick up for the afternoon. As per usual most of the rain will fall over higher elevations, but we will see chances for a few scattered showers to drift into the lower valleys Sunday afternoon/evening. We will continue to see chances for showers through Memorial Day, but they will be much lower and weaker than what we will see tomorrow. Dry conditions will return for the middle of next week. This weekend’s temperatures will drop into the 70s for Sunday, and all the way into the 60s for Monday. Highs will rebound as we move into the middle of next week.