Rain Showers Slowly Move North

Weather Summary: Thursday night the showers, thunderstorms and associated wind gusts will be contained to the southern zones/Four Corners region. Looking mostly to Telluride, Cortez and Durango for sustained late night storms. Storms may not move quickly, so watch out for persistent heavy rain. A partly cloudy to mostly clear sky will be experienced further north and that should lend itself nicely to viewing the Blue Moon (97.9% full) tonight.

On Friday, the confined showers and thunderstorms should begin creeping north during the late afternoon hours. It is still reasonable for the Grand Valley to remain hot with a partly cloudy day, but the storms will be forming over the local mesas, mountains and plateaus and areas south of I-70 will/should have less heat. Friday night and Saturday this weather pattern should be in a brief "retreat mode", as these storms are supposed to move back over the Southern Colorado/Four Corners region. If choosing a dry day between Sat and Sun, Saturday will have less storms and accumulating rain totals and this will only be true for the northern portions of the Western Slope. I-70 is the line of demarcation for the ebb and flow nature of this weekend's rain. On Sunday, the southern moisture will likely push to the north and most valleys and mountains will see showers and experience cooler temperatures with the widespread and sporadic storm pattern. Sunday is not supposed to be as dry as Saturday.

Chief Meteorologist Russ Pappas

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