Showers and thunderstorms return to the Western Slope!
The North American Monsoon season is kicking back into our neck of the woods this week and the potential for rain to continue through this upcoming weekend (even into the beginning of August!) is a strong option. Grand Junction is on the northern periphery of this significant summer thunderstorm pattern for the Desert Southwest and our area expects to get some scattered rain showers after the midweek (but, really any afternoon is possible). These storms could prompt flood watches/warnings this week and the potential to close I-70 is especially possible after Thursday, (again, any afternoon is also the threat). Most of the forecast has the better/heavier rain later this week.
Increasing humidity has been experienced along with the triple digits this past weekend. The really hot temperatures are stepping down in the forecast and average to below average temperatures are anticipated. Many locations are still experiencing rainfall deficits and the storm pattern for the next two weeks should help eliminate the majority of fire weather threats and potentially put a dent on the drought category.