A wild afternoon of weather for the Western Slope!
I-70 is now open due to a previous closure for a Flash Flood Warning on the Grizzly Creek Burn Scar. Closures are possible again Wednesday due to storms in the forecast. Check your travel plans/alternate routes. Rain measurements up to 1 inch was recorded outside Gateway, CO, small hail fell near Montrose and gusty 45-65 mph wind speeds have swept through the entire region along with some measurable rain. Lightning and thunder have also been present with this round of weather.
Rinse and repeat pattern is expected Wednesday with more storms in the forecast.
Scattered thunderstorms will begin to die down as we head through the overnight hours. Some showers will still linger through the night, but they will be lighter than what we saw this afternoon. Partly to mostly cloudy skies will continue into tomorrow and the chance for more scattered thunderstorms will build up again for the afternoon hours. The hazards will be cloud to ground lightning, gusty wind speeds, heavy downpours, small hail and minor flooding. There is still no estimated opening for I-70, but it could subsequently close again Wednesday due to another Flood Warning for the burn scar in the canyon.
The lower elevations will slowly dry, but not totally eliminate the storm chances as we progress through the rest of this week. The High Country will still keep storms in the afternoon hours. As the valleys slowly dry, the temperatures also begin to creep upwards and by the end of this weekend many locations should be back into the triple digits.