Tonight will be another cool night across the Western Slope. Freeze Warning will be in place for Rio Blanco, Moffat and Routt Counties, and there is a Winter Storm Warning to our south in the San Juans. Precipitation chances will be a common sight tonight. In the lower valleys we have chances for some light overnight rain showers this evening. Glenwood Springs and Aspen will see a little bit of mixed precipitation tonight. Our friends over in Gunnison will see up to an inch of snowfall after midnight tonight. Tomorrow morning our lows will be around 10 degrees below average in the 40s in the lower valleys, and Gunnison and Carbondale will be in the upper 20s tomorrow morning. Rain chances will persist into the afternoon hours, and we can expect to have clear skies Friday on. Also starting Friday on we will slowly start to climb back to normal temperatures for this time of year. We can expect to reach those normal temperatures by the start of next week.
Yesterday’s record breaking rainfall of 0.88 inches in Grand Junction has made a significant impact on our rainfall deficit. Current rainfall deficit is -2.29 inches in Grand Junction and -4.30 inches in Montrose. More information about our current drought will be coming out tomorrow when the newest drought monitor is released so stay tuned.