Winter weather expected this week in Moffat County

— Spring will make an emphatic appearance in Moffat County today, but typical of Northwest Colorado, winter isn’t quite ready to call it quits.

The National Weather Service’s Grand Junction forecast office predicts sunny skies and a high of 74 on today. It will be breezy, with south and southwest winds increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

A cold front then will begin to make its way into the region, with Tuesday’s high dipping to 63 degrees. There’s a 40 percent chance of rain Tuesday.

Tuesday night is when Old Man Winter may roar back to life. The overnight low is expected to drop to 28 degrees, with a 30 percent chance of rain and snow. It won’t warm up much Wednesday, the first day of May, with the daytime high not forecast to get above 44 degrees. There’s a slight chance of rain and snow Wednesday and Wednesday night, when the low drops all the way to 22 degrees.

The silver lining — besides the chance for precipitation that could help to ease the county’s severe drought conditions — is that spring should be back in the air as next weekend nears.

National Weather Service meteorologists are expecting gradual warming through the second half of the week, with daytime highs reaching 60 by Friday. Overnight lows, however, could still dip below freezing.

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