Big improvements in the weekly Drought Monitor!
The rainfall deficit has gone down to 1/4 inch for Grand Junction and less than a 1/4 inch for Montrose. Thanks to the healthy rain totals the region received early this week. A dry pattern is settling into place courtesy of a ridge of high pressure. A little more warmth, clearing and drying can be expected through Saturday afternoon.
A cold front will continue trekking across the northern latitudes (Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming etc.) late Saturday night and continue eastward through the beginning of November. At present, this system is not expected to directly impact the Western Slope, but northern mountain zones in Colorado could get some light snow Halloween and Monday November 1, 2021. Still watching to see how/if a cutoff low develops in the southwest U.S. and it’s potential impact locally could change the forecast. The expectation for Halloween on the Western Slope is nice and cool, not too scary. Unsettled weather looks to return the first week of November.