GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The Western Slope is already experiencing a clearing sky as our weak system continues to exit well to our east.
Expect colder low temperatures through Saturday morning for all areas. The clear sky and a light wind will also add to the chill. The average lows for Grand Junction/Montrose this time of the year are close to 20°. The forecast will have single digit and low teen readings. Gunnison and Craig will also be competing for the fog and the well below minus readings. Dry and sunny conditions are in store for this upcoming weekend and that includes Friday! The cold/chilly starts should get offset by the mild/warm afternoons. Average high this time of the year is right at 40° for GJ/MT.
The Western Slope has been getting missed by the recent storm pattern. The Thursday system (as with the previous one on Tuesday) created chaos along Urban Corridor of I-25. More snow has fallen in that region between Colorado Springs and Pueblo than in most of the mountain zones. The current system will still be lingering through late this evening on the south end of I-25 at Raton Pass. If you are travelling across the state be mindful of the icy conditions in the High Country.
There will be a chance for the Western Slope to get some active weather for the middle of next week. As it stands now, there will be significantly colder temperatures compared to the mild stretch expected this weekend. There should also be a few snow-makers rolling through. For now, we will wait and see the storm track before committing to snow totals and locations.