Partly cloudy with some wind gusts

Today: Mountain storms, although short lived for Wednesday afternoon, will begin earlier in the day. This translates to a partly cloudy day for most of the Western Slope. Those extra clouds should prevent temperatures from becoming too hot, but all areas should remain slightly hotter than the average. Grand Junction will be in the middle 90s, Montrose will be near the lower 90s and Gunnison will be at the 82° mark. Rain showers will be possible for all locations and the storm motion, off of the mountains, will be to the southeast. Dry air still remains in our atmosphere and that could prevent rain from making it to the ground. Gusty winds, breezy nonetheless, will be possible during the afternoon hours.

Extended: The position of the high pressure system for the middle of this week will allow more rounds of rain showers for Thursday and Friday. Rain could be running late from Wednesday and begin earlier for Thursday. This pattern will also allow more showers to continue through the weekend, especially for the southern mountains. Temperatures will remain above the average for this time of the year.

First Warn 8 Chief Meteorologist Russ Pappas

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