The Western Slope will begin to experience added cloud coverage, but we will remain very dry (no chance of rain), windy and hot.
The added cloud coverage will be riding in from the southwest along with our increasing wind speeds. This is courtesy of a low pressure system passing to the north of Colorado in the next 24 hours. These clouds will keep Thursday morning low temperatures very mild/warm. Afternoon temperatures will continue to run hotter than the averages by 5-15 degrees. The 15 degrees of heat will be felt later this weekend and next week when many locations have a run for temperature records!
Red Flag Warnings exist again Thursday and Wind Advisories/Warnings have been added for the expectation of stronger wind gusts. The low passes the region late Thursday and a clearing sky is in the forecast. A ridge of high pressure will then rebuild over the Western Slope and under continued clear conditions, temperatures will approach the triple digits for some locations for the end if this weekend and into next week.
Breezy conditions remain through this period (strongest Thursday) and rain deficits are greater than an 1″ and 1.5″ for some populated areas. The danger of a quickly spreading wildfire is very real. DO NOT BE THE HUMAN ELEMENT. The next chance of rain appears in the forecast more than ten days out.