Thursday May 6, 2021 Forecast First


You can expect another very warm day Friday across the Western Slope.

The low temperatures Friday morning will even challenge the warmer than average trend with near 50 degrees to start for many locations. The record for the warmest low is 60 degrees! The record high temperature for GJ is 90 degrees from 1966. No threat fir that record, but the focus will be on the afternoon high temperatures for all locations. These numbers will jump toward the middle 80s or warmer with increasing wind speeds. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon until 9 pm Friday May 7, 2021 for southwest wind speeds 15-30 mph. A mostly clear day is expected with clouds moving through during the early morning and the late afternoon.

Late Friday a front will be moving through with it’s expected passage later Saturday. This will be the wind and the storm generator for both days. Saturday looks more probable than Friday, but neither look that impressive for widespread measurable rain. Less warm temperatures are anticipated Saturday as a result of the frontal passage and perhaps some pop and drop storms moving through. If you have plans to be outside Saturday be mindful of lightning and gusty wind speeds in your recreating area. The High Country will hold the better storm chances with the valleys hanging on from noon through the evening hours. Saturday night will have some clearing and that could be an opportunity to view the lingering Eta Aquarids or even the Chinese rocket debris (no exact location has been determined yet, but if you see an unexplained multiple fireballs/debris streaking across the sky in a blazing fire orange… you are a lucky and startled viewer!).

A cold front will be moving through early next week. Temperatures will fall below the average for this time of the year and another round of rain showers will try to occupy the forecast for the start of next week. Discrepancies still exist for the timing and intensity. Models have fluctuated from a tenth of an inch up to 3/4 of an inch of rain. Regardless, cooler and cloudier conditions will start the next workweek for the Western Slope.

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