Wednesday August 18, 2021 Forecast First

Weather

Active rain and wind pattern along with flooding issues will continue through Thursday.

Fall begins in 35 days on September 22, 2021 and this round of wet weather and cooler temperatures we are experiencing makes it feel like the season is changing. Some snow may be visible on the highest mountain peaks in central Colorado by Friday morning. In the lower elevations there is a lot going on. First up, I-70 is currently closed due to safety issues related to the Flash Flood Warning issued August 18, 2021 until 7:15 MST. This is a “fluid” situation and the entire region will still be under a Flash Flood Watch through early Friday morning. More flood warnings and subsequent interstate closures at the “GRIZZ” are expected.

Showers and thunderstorms along with gusty wind speeds are expected Wednesday night, Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon. Wednesday set a daily rainfall record for Grand Junction with .34″ rain total. The previous record was .26″ from 1989. Thursday’s rainfall record is .60″ from 1925. This pattern of rain should begin to dissipate late Thursday, but the flood watch will go through midnight. The mountain zones should kick a few more storms over the weekend. Be careful if you are heading into the backcountry Saturday and Sunday. The lower elevations could see a few more rounds of light showers, but mostly this weekend should be about the gusty wind speeds and the less hot temperatures.

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