The region will be transitioning into a cool and soggy pattern for Friday and Saturday. The temperatures will remain in the 60s throughout the weekend even though dry conditions are anticipated (briefly) Sunday into Monday. This will be a decent round of rain showers for the lower elevations and it will bring a little mountain snow to the higher elevations. Impacts to state roadways will be limited to the highest mountain passes. Please utilize your time this weekend to prepare your vehicle for winter travel as we are heading further into October and anything goes when it comes to Colorado weather. The start of next week will be a brief clear/dry lull before a more significant storm rolls through. By Tuesday rain and snow will be falling, but colder air arrives quickly and the snow levels will be dropping to the lower than the typical elevations. The phrase “above timberline” will no longer be valid Tuesday as the snow levels will be lowering below ten, nine and possibly eight thousand feet. That means Montrose could be looking at very light snow accumulations on grassy surfaces. Still too far to predict, but lowering snow and cold temperatures are in the forecast! Many areas will see the snow levels dropping down along the Uncompahgre Plateau, the Bookcliffs etc… The coldest low temperatures will be experienced Wednesday and Thursday morning so prepare your irrigation/cooling lines and any exposed pipes for this drop.