Western Slope under flash flood watch

The Grand Valley and much of the Western Slope is under a flash flood watch until 9 p.m. today, as potentially strong thunderstorms are expected to follow the soaking rain that fell on the valley overnight.

The watch covers a wide swath of eastern Utah and western Colorado.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction said this morning’s break in rainfall should end this afternoon, as another round of strong storms develops early this afternoon and moves across the area. Forecasters say many of the storms will be capable of producing heavy rainfall, with the strongest storms producing 1 to 2 inches of rain in a few hours.

People planning back-country travel in the mountains or canyon country of southeast Utah and southwest Colorado should be especially conscious of the weather in their area, according to the Weather Service.

The forecast for Grand Junction calls for a high today of 85 degrees and a 60 percent chance of rain.


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