A quickly moving winter storm is expected early Friday morning for the Western Slope.

The sun/mostly clear sky, mild temperatures and the dry conditions will return for the upcoming weekend and remains into the beginning of next week. Thursday night the incoming winter storm will push clouds in from the northwest and early Friday morning, just after midnight, the snow should begin impacting the northwest corner (Mofatt County) of Colorado. This will not be the “Santa Slammer” we experienced during the end of December 2021, but snow will be falling across the state. Snow totals continue to remain just below advisory criteria. The central and northern mountain zones appear favored with up to 6″ from this storm. Rifle, CO could experience 1-2″, the Uncompahgre should see less than 3″, the Grand Mesa could be looking at less than 4″ with Powderhorn Mountain Resort eyeballing 3″ and Gunnison Valley looks like 2″ of new snow. If you plan to travel up and over the passes you should expect winter weather and be prepared for delays/closures. The Western Slope already has partial to total clearing Friday night and with the storm moving through before noon, (Grand Junction/Montrose) snow amounts look limited to less than 1″. Once this storm exits the state early Saturday, expect quiet weather conditions that will remain close to the averages for this time of the year. Another storm system is anticipated Tuesday with yet another due in for the final days of this month.