Today expected to be windy, warmest of the year so far

If only for a day, it’s time to break out the shorts and sunscreen, as high temperatures in Grand Junction are expected to soar to 70 degrees today, making it the warmest day yet of the year.

However, just when you thought it was safe to go outside, high winds may threaten to knock your flip flops off.

Gusts could hit 45 mph, with winds initially coming from the east and southeast at about 15 mph to 25 mph for most of the day, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Breezes will hit the Grand Valley on the front end of a storm system developing on the West Coast. As the stormy weather takes hold, temperatures will dip and may spell rain by Wednesday. Cooler temperatures, along with more rain and snow, are expected later in the week, meteorologist Ellen Heffernan said.

While springtime is typically a windy time of year locally, today’s gales are prompted by a low-pressure system from the coast colliding with a high pressure system.

“Where it tightens, we get the strongest winds,” Heffernan said.

Winds from the south and east today will shift by tonight, coming in from the south and southwest, the National Weather Service said.

Typical spring winds move south to north, Heffernan said, and often are responsible for boosting temperatures. This latest system will bring some warming as the high and low pressure systems compress, but overall temperatures are expected to drop off after today, Heffernan said.


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