It was a cold day on the Mesa Tuesday with Jerry and Marci Nolan reporting -2F at 1PM. The promised warming trend is on hold for a few days.
For the next few days, a 100kt jet streak connects Alaska to Western Colorado. So Wednesday and Thursday afternoon highs offer only a little improvement (if you are an optimist) climbing to the 5-10F range along with gusty frigid NW winds. A little light snowfall is expected mainly Wednesday night, probably an inch or three.
Friday looks like a lovely bluebird day under fleeting High pressure, with sunny skies, light winds, and afternoon temperatures back into the 20s.
Saturday, NW winds begin to increase again as the next northern Pacific disturbance approaches. Afternoon highs in the 20s but it won't be as warm-feeling as Friday.
Sunday, the cold NW flow is back. Brisk winds, some clouds and showers, and afternoon highs in the teens. Only light snow accumulations.
Then dry and mild High pressure builds in for much of next week, which should provide some lovely ski opportunities.
No weather updates will be available from me until next week when I return from the Silverton Avalanche School. See all the latest weather info, specifically for the Grand Mesa, here: http://home.mesastate.edu/~jerry/gmnc/weather/weather.htm