We have been fortunate that this high pressure ridge has decided to stay put for at least the next several days before it moves eastward by the middle of next week. What that means is this weekend will stay warm and dry, timely for our busy holiday weekend. Strong winds will still be present today especially to the south of the state near Durango and Pagosa Springs where strong winds were found yesterday. Winds throughout the valley today will range from 10-15mph out of the southwest with gusts as high as 20-30mph during the afternoon.
Through the holiday weekend we will be in an elevated risk for fire danger, therefore, any localized burning is not encouraged. For those that are planning on grilling or having a small campfire this weekend make sure to keep a close eye on your stuff to help prevent any wildfires.
Warm winds also means warm temperatures today and tomorrow with highs reaching the upper 80's in most towns. Some mid to high clouds will move in Sunday with a slightly cooler afternoon expected. These warm afternoon and cool morning will continue into early next week before an upper level trough starts to move over the region. This will bring cooler and unsettled weather back to Western Colorado Wednesday and Thursday with a slight chance for afternoon showers.