The Western Slope is getting scattered rain showers and portions of Montrose and Delta counties are under a Flood Advisory this evening.
Under the current weather pattern, storms have been and will continue to develop over the higher terrain before midday and drift across the lower elevations during the afternoon, evening and partially into the nighttime hours. The scattered nature of the rain pattern allows areas like Olathe to get between .50″ and 1.25″ of rain in just an hour while Grand Junction gets a trace amount a few times during the day. Hail has been reported in Montrose and gusty wind speeds with lightning strikes have been rampant. As a result of the heavy downpours in Montrose county, a Flood Advisory is in place for urban waterways and small streams becoming inundated. Don’t allow children to play near these fast moving waterways and do not drive a vehicle through or over roads to are overcome with moving water. The forecast will calm down by midnight of each day and temperatures will be less than hot and in most instances below the average for this time of June. Friday looks to be the same pattern of rinse and repeat!
The low pressure system responsible for this unsettled weather is slow to depart and aided by a cold front during the weekend, storms will continue to linger under a partly cloudy sky. Terrain and heating will help get things going Saturday and Sunday and the potential for some areas to begin next week with an afternoon storm is also in the forecast. The hotter temperatures will return by the middle and end of next week under a clearer and drier pattern.