Active weather continues on the Western Slope/I-70 briefly closed near the Grizzly Creek Burn Scar.
The entire area surrounding GWS is under a Flash Flood Watch until midnight and a quick upgrade to a Flood Warning prompted a safety closure of I-70 earlier Wednesday afternoon. There have been two severe thunderstorm warnings this afternoon over small areas of Mesa and Garfield County with strong wind and rain.
Heavy downpours have been hitting the High Country this afternoon and this activity is expected to slow down into the evening hours. Areas like Collbran, CO unofficially recorded almost .78″ of rain while Montrose experienced lighter amounts near the .15″ mark. Gusty wind speeds and lightning have been the hazards. Storm motion has been to the south around 15-25 mph. After midnight all locations should go storm free with drier air working in, but breezy conditions are anticipated.
Slightly warmer temperatures and slightly less storm coverage is expected through the end of this week. The High Country should still pop storms each afternoon through Saturday and the lower elevations will mostly be on the sidelines watching. Wind and lightning should be your concern as these storms move through with very little accumulating rain for the populated valleys. Hotter temperatures are in the forecast for the end of this weekend and the start of next week. Another round of rainy/stormy weather is on tap for the middle of next week.