The incoming storm system continues unchanged for Western Colorado. By Saturday morning the Colorado snowpack and the rain deficits in the lower elevations should have significant improvements.

Rain showers continuing through Thursday evening along with an increasing wind after midnight will be the lower elevation impacts ( Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose ). Expect a change over from rain to snow to occur after midnight/early Friday morning. Snow totals for Grand Junction appear at or less than 1″ and Montrose looks like a push to the 1-2″ range. Regardless of the snow totals down low, conditions Friday morning will be a combination of soggy and icy so please take extra care for the morning commute! Watch the stopping distances, hills, curves and traffic circles (round-abouts/rotaries).

The mountains of Colorado are still under a Winter Storm Warning and there is now an Avalanche Warning in place. C.A.I.C. has a motto, ” Know before you Go”. Please use caution recreating in the backcountry. There is still an enhanced period of heavy snowfall expected from late Thursday evening through Friday morning and travel through the mountain zones will be “winter mode”. The added element of strong wind in the higher elevations will contribute to lowered visibility. Under the winter storm warning for the mountain zones, 1-2 feet of snow is expected with a few isolated areas approaching the 3 foot mark. Any area above 7000 feet will likely experience up to a foot of new snow. If you have to travel through these mountain corridors please be prepared for accidents and closures. Make sure your vehicle has the traction required, you have sufficient clothing and supplies in case of lengthy delays.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be colder. The low temperatures should achieve the coldest of the fall season! Afternoon highs will be cooler than the averages with many valley locations stuck in the 30s. The weekend will be drier and clearer with a slow temperature recovery into the beginning of next week. Just in time for another potential round of winter storms!