Cooler, wetter weather on the way

A shift in the weather in western Colorado is on the doorstep, with the Grand Valley and other lower elevations expected to see rain and cooler temperatures over the next couple of days, while the mountains will receive several inches of snow.

A Pacific storm will hit the San Juan Mountains tonight, then move northeast Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

The Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the west-central mountains, including Grand and Battlement mesas and the Sawatch and West Elk mountains, while a winter storm warning is in effect for the San Juans and other areas of southwest Colorado. Five to 10 inches of snow are possible, mainly above 8,000 feet, with higher amounts expected above 10,000 feet. Winds could gust as high as 50 to 60 mph, potentially creating whiteout conditions on mountain passes Thursday morning, according to the Weather Service.

Locally, forecasters are calling for an 80 percent chance of rain in Grand Junction tonight and Thursday, with highs dropping into the upper 50s Thursday and lower 60s on Friday.



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