GJ sets record low; bigger weather changes on the way
A record low in Grand Junction this morning is a harbinger of bigger changes in the weather on the Western Slope this weekend.
The National Weather Service reported the temperature at Grand Junction Regional Airport dropped to 28 degrees at 4:54 a.m., breaking the previous record of 29, which was set in 1958.
Temperatures are expected to rebound into the mid-60s today and mid-70s Friday before a strong, late-season wintry storm moves into western Colorado on Saturday. Forecasters say southwest winds will become gusty Friday into Saturday and moisture will increase over the area Friday night into Saturday. Cold, unsettled air on Saturday means increasing showers with late-day thunderstorms are possible in the lower elevations and accumulating snow in the higher mountains.
Snow levels will plummet Saturday evening when a strong cold front moves through the region, with the potential for heavy snow in the mountains and accumulation in the higher valleys. Snow showers may linger in the mountains and high valleys into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
In Grand Junction, there’s a 70 percent chance of rain on Saturday, with a high of 65. On Saturday night, there’s a 50 percent chance of rain and snow showers, with a low of 41. The chance of rain and snow showers will extend into Sunday, with a forecast high of 61 and a 30 percent chance of precipitation.