Record day of warmth for Grand Junction!
On this Monday in late October the Grand Junction Regional Airport hit 77 degrees F at 3:03 pm. That is a tie temperature record shared with this date back in 2014. An extra degree of warmth is not out of the question, so stay tuned!
Wind speeds have been breezy/gusty and many sites have achieved near 50 mph wind blasts. More wind is expected tonight as an approaching cold front will be the big weather story. The cold front will be passing through by midnight Monday and light rain will accompany this first round. By sunrise Tuesday (7:36 GJT) the cold front will have begun crossing the Divide and the Western Slope will begin a day of rain showers. Temperatures will be too mild for snow at the valley elevations, but snow is expected in the High Country. Winter Weather Advisories are in place for the Elkhead and Park Mountains in the north, Flat Tops and The Grand Mesa in the central/western zones and the San Juans in the south. 5-15 inches of new snow is expected with this winter blast, but blowing snow will be the bigger issue with 45 plus mph wind speeds expected Monday night. Tuesday will still be breezy on the backside of this storm, scattered rain and snow is to be expected, light snow could even fall in Montrose Tuesday night. Temperatures will be dropping 20 degrees compared to Monday’s mild afternoon. A slow warm up back the low 60s is in the forecast by the end of this week along with drying and clearing conditions.