As of the writing of this forecast, the region is experiencing a 10-15 degree temperature difference from 24 hours ago!
Thank the approaching low pressure system for the added cloud cover and the increasing rain chances tonight through the middle of this weekend. The moisture is on the increase for all areas and active storms on radar are primarily located in the Four Corners region late Wednesday. During the overnight hours a few isolated storms should migrate across the area and as of now it appears the best landing zone for any rain happens to be western Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties. That is good news for the wildfires in that area. Overnight storms will be few until noon Thursday. The movement of these nighttime storms should produce some lightning strikes for viewing pleasures, but also serve as an ignitions source for the still dry landmass. That is expected to change over the course of the next few days as more storm coverage for more areas is anticipated. Measurable rainfall (light) is expected Thursday and Friday for the lower elevations. The trend is for areas along and east of the Divide, but the outliers have western/lower locations picking up light rain amounts. We will take it. The system is not in a hurry to exit and by Saturday the Western Slope could still be experiencing mountain storms with valley drift. In fact, there should be more unsettled weather as the high gets placed in check until the middle of next week. That could produce more storms for the beginning of next week. That’s a better storm pattern for the mountains and longshot forecast for the lower elevations.
Hotter temperatures will also return for the middle of next week, so less heat and more enjoyable weather on tap through the weekend.