GJ could see more rain; flood watch in effect

The Grand Valley could be in for another day of heavy rain and — with the ground saturated from Monday’s storms — flooding today, though rainfall will be more isolated, according to the National Weather Service.

A pair of storms passed through the valley early this morning, officially tallying 0.06 inches at Grand Junction Regional Airport but more in other areas, said Julie Malingowski, a meteorologist with the Weather Service.

Malingowski said western Colorado is in a transition today, moving from a pattern of monsoonal moisture to drier air. But there’s enough residual moisture to place much of the region, including Mesa County, under a flash-flood watch until 9 p.m. Forecasters say storms today, while not as widespread as yesterday, could still produce heavy rainfall in a short period of time, creating the potential for flooding.

Malingowski said most storm activity will take place earlier in the day and should taper off after 4 p.m. Officially, the forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain today and a high of 87 degrees.

The airport received 1.17 inches of rain on Monday, breaking a 117-year-old record for the date. Rainfall totals were disparate, though, with 1.1 inches being reported on the Redlands but only 0.09 near Palisade, Malingowski said.


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