Haze has made it’s return to the Western Slope today. The approaching cold front has slowed its arrival. Strong southerly flow ahead of the front will start to clear the smoke and haze out of the area during the late morning hours. Our overnight lows for the day will be around 7 degrees above average thanks increased cloud cover from the afternoon hours and lingering smoke. Above average temperatures will continue into the afternoon hours with highs in the 80s and 70s. We will see afternoon wind gusts up to 30 mph in some locations. Moisture behind the front will raise our humidity enough to not warrant a Red Flag Warning. Saturday’s frontal system will bring in some slight rain chances with the highest chances will peak at 20% at the higher elevations.
This weekend’s front will not be the only chance for some rain. Due to the increased moisture in the air after the front pushes through we will have some chances for some pop up thunderstorms for Monday through Wednesday. These storms will favor the higher elevations and a major precipitation event is unlikely. By Thursday another ridge will develop and sunny skies will follow.