Get it while you can: Balmy weather won’t last

Dressed for the warm November weather, Gail Scott of Durango catches some rays Friday at Sherwood Park as she looks over a map of Colorado National Monument.

If you’re one to live for the moment, you may want to follow through on that mantra this weekend.

Glorious, balmy weather that has washed over the Grand Valley in past weeks will stick around today, but temperatures will gradually cool as next week progresses, with the likelihood of snow by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

“We’ve been fortunate so far this fall,” Weather Service meteorologist Mike Chamberlain said. “I don’t know if anybody can complain.”

Daytime high temperatures in the 60s to start November are above average for this time of year in the Grand Valley. The historical average daily temperature for Nov. 5 in Grand Junction is 55 degrees. Friday’s high temperature hit 66.

Today’s high temperature is expected to be 67 degrees, but it will have to reach 70 degrees today to tie the record set in 1983.

Sunday is expected to be warm with a high of 67 degrees, but cloudy, cooler and possibly wet weather is predicted for Monday.

A nippy 40 degrees is predicted as a high for Thursday.

While some snow is expected later next week, it probably won’t be enough to stick around and accumulate, Chamberlain said.

“We’re going from very pleasant (weather) to major winter weather,” he said. “I’ll tell you, I kind of hate to see it go, myself.”


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