So much weather to talk about. Where do we begin? How about the clearing sky (from west to east). That isn’t expected until midnight Tuesday.
Let’s talk rain because heading into Tuesday there were rain deficits for many locations. Grand Junction had a -.70″/or nearly 3/4 inch deficit for the year and Montrose had a -.42″/or just shy of half an inch. As of the writing on this website, Grand Junction has received .52″ and Montrose has .30″ of official rainfall! Both of these rain totals will put a good dent in the rain shortages for the Western Slope.
The high temperatures for the day in Grand Junction and Montrose were achieved in the early morning hours around 4 o’clock. Middle sixty degree readings! Those mild temperatures coincided with the strongest wind gusts of the day (both locations GJ/MTJ) 52 and 46 mph. Strong wind speeds have been recorded ay many locations today. Douglas Pass hit 81 mph. Breezy wind speeds will continue through Wednesday morning and a wind chill will make the already forecasted cold temperatures feel colder. Lows Wednesday morning will be near freezing for Grand Junction and sub-freezing for Montrose. Afternoon temperatures will be stuck in the 50 degree readings, but more sunshine and a little drying is expected as the Tuesday storm continues marching east across the U.S. with tornadic elements into the deep south. A slow warm-up is expected through this holiday weekend with seasonal afternoon temperatures expected (low 60s).