The days are limited for the dry conditions because a very unsettled weather pattern is continuing to develop for the end of this week.

As a traveler you can expect the mountain roads, passes and interstate corridors to become icy and snow packed beginning in the southern mountains Thursday and extending through the central and northern mountains for the weekend. The incoming weather pattern will support multiple storm systems over multiple days with some deep mountain snow totals by the end of the year! Travel interruptions are anticipated through the start of next week. Please make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for winter travel and all of it’s impacts/delays.

The lower elevations/valleys during the daylight hours should maintain only wet roads as the temperatures will remain too mild to support snow. However, there will be brief early morning opportunities for any rain to mix over to snow. The first chance for that to occur in Grand Junction and Montrose will be Thursday morning. Montrose will keep that “early morning chance” going throughout the weekend. By the end of this weekend with the third storm moving through, there should be better chances to get the snowline lower and put some snow onto the valley floors. This unsettled pattern, with a storm pause around New Year’s Eve, should continue into the beginning of 2022.