GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The temperature warmup continues through Thursday, while conditions remain dry, breezy and cloudy at times.

There is a cautionary statement put out by the N.W.S. known as a Red Flag Warning. Under these warm, dry and breezy conditions, any open flame source, hot engine parked over dry grass or machinery that could spark could ignite a fire. These conditions are also conducive to quickly spreading and out of control wildfires. Please don’t be the human element/ignition source. Delta County and Montrose County are currently under a R.F.W. Wednesday evening and again Thursday. Wind speeds through this short term look to achieve the 20-40 mph gust zone for many locations.

Temperatures by this weekend will drop into the 60s after the midweek period achieves low 80s! Not exactly record setting warmth, but warmer than the seasonal averages by about 10°-15°. The late April afternoon high is generally middle and upper 60s (location dependent). This warming southwest flow will remain in place through Thursday as our next weather maker comes online in the PACNW.

This will be the second system of the week (not highly impactful) and is expected to sweep through the region late Thursday night and early Friday. This will be a wind generator for the valleys and a light snow event for the central/northern mountains. Please plan your travels through the mountain corridors accordingly. This will be a dry for the valleys and will contain a cold front. This is expected to lower our afternoon temperatures to the 60s on Friday. Cooler will be the weather course for the START of this weekend and there will be a ton of sunshine. Saturday is looking P-E-R-F-E-C-T! The FINISH this weekend will be warmer and breezier.