High winds in store for valley

If you’re thinking about burning your field or a pile of weeds today, you should probably reschedule for later in the week.

A wind advisory is in place for much of western Colorado until 9 p.m. today, with the strongest winds expected between 2 and 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Forecasters say winds will be out of the west and northwest at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts from 40 to mph at times. High-profile vehicles traveling on north-south roads should use caution while driving. Forecasters also advice people with respiratory illnesses and heart disease, as well as the elderly and children, should stay indoors and avoid prolonged outdoor exercise or heavy exertion due to wind-blown dust.

Winds are kicking up in advance of a cold front moving into the region that will bring rain and snow showers to the higher elevations of the state. The northern mountains could see 4 to 8 inches of snow, according to the Weather Service. Conditions will calm down on Tuesday, although temperatures will drop, too. Tuesday’s high in Grand Junction is expected to reach 46 degrees. Temperatures will warm into the 60s by Thursday.


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