Rain and snow in Craig's forecast for Thursday, Friday

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— April showers have been pretty sparse this year, but a 24-hour weather system will be moving through Northwest Colorado Thursday and Friday bringing rain and possibly even snow.

A cold front cooled things off overnight Tuesday, but temperatures will warm slightly Thursday with a predicted high in the mid-60s, according to John Kyle, data acquisition program manager for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Winds are expected to pick up Thursday afternoon as the system moves in, creating a slight chance of thunderstorms. The chance of rain increases into the evening, continuing through Friday.

“Temperatures will drop to near freezing Thursday night, so that chance of rain will change to a chance of snow,” Kyle said.

Snow accumulation in Craig will probably not exceed one inch, with more accumulation expected at higher elevations.

Chances of rain will continue through Friday afternoon, with highs around 50 degrees. A high pressure system will build over the weekend, heralding sunny conditions with highs in the upper 50s on Saturday and upper 60s on Sunday, according to Kyle.

And for those who look forward to the Western Slope’s own Palisade peaches every year, the Palisade region has reportedly skirted a few close calls with freezing temperatures that eliminated some — but not all — of the blooming peach tree buds.

“But we’re not out of the woods yet,” Kyle added.

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