Dry, warm and breezy conditions have prompted Red Flag Warnings for NW Colorado.
The rest of the region will maintain this same pattern for the next 24-36 hours. That is, warmer than average afternoon temperatures, dry and mostly clear conditions with wind speeds ranging the 15-30 mph zones. This goes unchanged until the arrival of our next weather maker, a PACNW low pressure system. This will be our Thursday rain maker. As of today, the rain pattern looks best after midnight and throughout Thursday afternoon. During the late day hours however, this system is expected to quickly exit and a partly cloudy sky will build in. This brief interruption to an otherwise hot and dry week will allow decent heating and most areas should resume an average day of heating (mid 80s/near 90s). The bigger weather impacts appear to strike the Front Range Thursday evening. Locally there is an expectation of 1/10 of an inch up to 1/4 inch of rain and storm associated wind gusts. Flooding can still be an issue so stay tuned for travel impacts as we approach the rain day this week. The upcoming weekend should only have lingering/recycled mountain storms, but this new PACNW storm pattern, technically it’s the transition to a more fall/winter storm path can be difficult to forecast initially and Friday could be a surprise/added rain day. Temperatures return to the hotter category above the seasonal averages. Next shot at the rain showers appears to be late next week.