Another round of winter weather is advancing toward the Western Slope. Mountain snow and very cold temperatures are in the forecast!
The Thursday storm is already tracking eastbound into our region. Clouds are building back in Wednesday night and wind speeds should increase a bit as we approach Thursday morning, just breezy. There was little to no storm pause between the two systems this week as lingering rain and snow continued throughout the day Wednesday. Wind chills will keep temperatures colder and the daily low/highs will again remain below the averages for mid October (high/low GJ 68F and 41F – Montrose 76F and 37F). By Thursday morning, mountain snow will begin and by midday the scattered rain showers will initiate for the lower elevations. Montrose has a morning shot at experiencing rain/snow mix, drive carefully. This next storm system is a bit on the weak side and no winter weather hazards have been issued by the N.W.S. This will be a big temperature influencer as a cold front will also accompany this system and chilly temperatures are expected for the next few mornings. Grand Junction and Montrose are under a Freeze Watch Friday morning for low temperatures in the upper 20s and low 30s. This will be the more impactful weather for the immediate forecast. Make plans to winterize any cooling lines, irrigation lines and prepare your plants and pets for these conditions.