Showers and storms raise flooding concerns

Updated: 3 hours ago

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Scattered showers and thunderstorms marched across the Western Slope each afternoon through the weekend, then some leftover showers with a few rumbles of thunder moved through a handful of locations overnight last night--including Grand Junction and Montrose. We’re getting a little bit of a break from the rain this morning with partly cloudy skies, but clouds will be back on the increase along with showers and thunderstorms into the afternoon. Deep moisture will lead to potentially heavy rainfall in several storms that develop this afternoon, which could bring some flooding concerns to portions of the Western Slope. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from 1 PM until midnight for areas in and around the Grizzly Creek burn scar area, including Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon. We’ve already seen one safety closure to Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon on Sunday, and additional closures could be necessary today and tomorrow if heavy rain approaches the burn scar area. We’ll see partly to mostly cloudy skies whenever rain isn’t falling. Expect highs in the lower to middle 80s. A portion of the rain will come to an end through the evening and into the overnight hours, but some showers and storms could persist into the overnight hours. Some of the highest coverage of overnight showers will be over the western portions of the Western Slope. Again, partly to mostly cloudy skies will be in place for areas that don’t see any rain. Low temperatures will fall back into the upper 50s and lower to middle 60s.

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Headshot of (Zack Webster), Meteorologist

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Scattered showers and thunderstorms marched across the Western Slope each afternoon through the weekend, then some leftover showers with a few rumbles of thunder moved through a handful of locations overnight last night--including Grand Junction and Montrose. We’re getting a little bit of a break from the rain this morning with partly cloudy skies, but clouds will be back on the increase along with showers and thunderstorms into the afternoon. Deep moisture will lead to potentially heavy rainfall in several storms that develop this afternoon, which could bring some flooding concerns to portions of the Western Slope. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from 1 PM until midnight for areas in and around the Grizzly Creek burn scar area, including Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon. We’ve already seen one safety closure to Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon on Sunday, and additional closures could be necessary today and tomorrow if heavy rain approaches the burn scar area. We’ll see partly to mostly cloudy skies whenever rain isn’t falling. Expect highs in the lower to middle 80s. A portion of the rain will come to an end through the evening and into the overnight hours, but some showers and storms could persist into the overnight hours. Some of the highest coverage of overnight showers will be over the western portions of the Western Slope. Again, partly to mostly cloudy skies will be in place for areas that don’t see any rain. Low temperatures will fall back into the upper 50s and lower to middle 60s.

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