More rain in store for soggy valley

A band of rain that drenched most of the Grand Valley early this morning has moved east, but another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected this afternoon and evening.

Grand Junction Regional Airport officially recorded 0.38 inches over a 24-hour period that ended at 8 a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. Other areas of the Grand Valley received far more precipitation. Volunteer observers reported close to an inch of rain on the Redlands and Glade Park over the last 24 hours.

Heavy rain also fell in eastern Utah — 1.22 inches at Arches National Park and 0.65 at Canyonlands Airport. The National Parks Service closed the road to Delicate Arch at 10 p.m. Wednesday due to low-level flooding, and a mudslide was reported on Utah Highway 128 near Castle Valley around 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Weather Service.

Meteorologist Ben Moyer said the Weather Service didn’t receive any reports of flooding or mudslides in Mesa County.

More rain is in the forecast today, although precipitation won’t be as widespread as it was on Wednesday, Moyer said. The forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of rain this afternoon and evening and a high of 82 degrees. Moyer said any rain should subside by sunset. After that, the valley is in for a warm and dry period for the next several days.


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