No Wait Weather Forecast

Zack Webster's No Wait Weather - 5/18
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 9:40 AM MDT|Updated: 8 hours ago
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The sunny, dry, and warm pattern continues for yet another day across most of the Western Slope. Temperatures wound up in the lower to middle 80s, just a little bit cooler than where we wound up on Wednesday afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms moved across the southern portions of the region—down along the San Juan Mountains. We’ll continue to see mostly clear to clear skies overnight tonight with lows in the lower to middle 50s.

We’ll start the day on Thursday with plenty of sunshine, then some pretty big changes start moving into the region from there. Clouds will steadily be on the increase through Thursday afternoon and into Thursday evening. We’ll see more than enough sunshine early Thursday afternoon to get highs into the upper 80s and maybe even the lower 90s in a couple of locations along the lower elevations. Winds will also be on the increase late Thursday afternoon and into early Thursday evening, with maximum wind gusts between 35 and 50 miles per hour.

The first rain and snow showers of what should be a fairly strong mid-May winter storm will move into the northern portions of the state before sunrise on Friday morning. Rain and snow showers will continue to overspread the northern and central portions of the Continental Divide and the Front Range into Friday afternoon. Snow will continue to dump over these same areas even into Saturday morning as well. By the time all is said and done, over a foot of snow is possible from Vail and locations just off to the east. 6 to 9 inches of snow will be possible in places like Denver, Colorado Springs, and Crested Butte. The top of the Grand Mesa, the San Juan Mountains, Gunnison, and Douglas Pass could all see between 1 to 4 inches of snow. The rest of us should stay snow-free, but much cooler temperatures spill in. Highs on Friday and Saturday will only reach the lower to middle 60s, with lows in the middle to upper 30s and lower 40s.

We’ll start turning warmer again on Sunday, then briefly turn a little bit cooler again on Monday as another weak system passes through the region. Mostly sunny skies are back on Tuesday, and highs will start climbing back into the upper 70s and lower to middle 80s.

Meteorologist Zack Webster

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