Forecast news: Mountain snow and rain tonight through Tuesday #codrought #cowx

From the National Weather Service Grand Junction office:

Mostly sunny skies and warm, above normal temperatures will continue today as a quick moving ridge of high pressure slides across the region. Clouds will increase tonight ahead of an approaching Pacific storm system set to impact the area tonight through Tuesday. Expect valley rain and mountain rain and snow with this system. Snow levels will be high with this mild system, somewhere around 9000 ft on Monday and dropping to 7000 to 8000 feet Monday night into Tuesday. Isolated thunderstorms will be possible Monday afternoon and evening. Temperatures will be cooler on Tuesday, with readings closer to normal, before warming back up to above normal readings Wednesday through the end of the week as a ridge of high pressure builds back in.

Brian Bledsoe via Facebook:

Well, all of a sudden the models are showing some decent snow with the system Monday night and Tuesday. GFS and NAM have significant moisture for Southern Colorado and areas to the southeast, while the ECMWF focuses the best moisture to the southeast of Colorado. Models will wrestle with this for another day or two…looks radically different than it did two days ago. We’ll see if that trend continues.

From the National Weather Service Pueblo office:

Mostly dry and mild weather will spread across the state today, with only a few isolated mountain showers expected. Temperatures will warm into the 60s over most locations, with 40s and 50s possible over some of the higher locations. By late tonight, our next low pressure system will begin pushing across the southwestern states and into western Colorado. This will bring an increase in clouds and moisture to the state, with a slightly better chance for precipitation developing along and west of the Continental Divide after midnight. As the surface low moves across New Mexico on Monday, low level moisture should begin increasing from the southeast, with the chances for precipitation gradually working across the mountains and into the eastern plains by Monday night. A chance for precipitation should then continue into early Wednesday morning, as the low moves slowly towards the southeast. Some uncertainties with regards to the temperatures and track of this system rema! in, which will affect how much rain or snow falls across the region. Persons planning travel across the higher elevations through this period may need to watch for later statements on this developing weather situation.

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