The Western Slope will keep showers and thunderstorms in this week’s forecast. The good news is, NOT EXTREMELY HOT. Average temperatures are expected in the 90-95 degree range (GJ/MT). The bad news is, it will feel muggy and more uncomfortable.
The mountain zones will once again push storms off the higher elevations by late afternoon over the lower elevations. Decent chance for any and all locations to get some impacts from storms. Gusty wind, lightning, small hail, and brief heavy downpours. Isolated storm coverage with a westerly drift will be the pattern with some slow movers. Nucla/Naturita and Norwood are under a Flash Flood Watch until 10 pm. Watching with concern for storms near Collbran and coming down from Cerro Summit Monday evening/night. These locations/roadways should be monitored through 11 pm. Storm coverage should wane after midnight for all. The isolated storm pattern should clear up overnight with lingering breezy conditions.
Storms will remain in the forecast throughout this week and into next weekend. The responsible weather maker is a ridge of high pressure that happens to be on the move for the start of this week. This movement to our east should create a downturn in storm coverage, but thinking this might just translate to less intense storms for the next 48 hours. By the midweek, the new position of the high to our east will enhance storm coverage and intensity through next weekend. Storms and added loud coverage will have an impact on our temperatures… less hot!