Warmup, strong winds in store for valley

Temperatures and wind gusts are expected to increase Tuesday in much of western Colorado, including the Grand Valley, melting snowpack more quickly and creating potential trouble for those planning agricultural or prescribed burns.

In a special weather statement posted on its website this morning, the National Weather Service in Grand Junction said strong southwest winds will become widespread over eastern Utah and western Colorado Tuesday afternoon and continue in the evening. Wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph are likely, with some higher gusts possible from nearby showers and thunderstorms. The strongest winds are expected across eastern Utah late Tuesday afternoon. Forecasters say blowing dusty may limit visibility and deposit a layer of dust on the snowpack.

Anyone planning agricultural burning and land-use agencies planning prescribed burning should monitor the forecast, the Weather Service said, since strong winds will make fire control difficult.

Here in Grand Junction, today’s forecast high of 74 degrees is expected to rise to 79 degrees on Tuesday. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.


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