GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) -. Team Storm is looking for an ornithologist to ask if Bluebirds are native to the Western Slope or if there is an active population. Midweek cloud cover is expected, but only for early Wednesday. The partly cloudy outlook (due to a weak passing system) will give way to clear skies during the afternoon hours.

This high pressure weather pattern continues. This ridge dominates the western third of the United States keeping the western slope calm in the short term and long term outlook. Subtle weak shifts/systems that migrate from the PACNW and slide down the upper eastern periphery are considered to be scraping. These systems don’t have many moisture or lift mechanisms for good storm/snow production. The most snow beneficial areas are the northern mountains, central mountains and parts of the foothills (mainly east of the divide). Surprise snow totals are possible, but anything over 6″ will be possible and dangerous storm weather criteria do not fill across the state. Travel will be complicated over mountain passes and delays are expected. Travel with caution at east of the divide by Wednesday afternoon.There will be another PACNW near-break system this weekend with similar results.

The afternoon temperature forecast for western slopes through the coming weekend has slowly increasing temperatures. There will be no record high temperatures, but 10 to 15 degrees above average will be the norm. Dry conditions also remain with a deficit of snowpack rain and lower elevations decreasing in place (between .25″.50″ for some patches). Enjoy the sun, don’t forget to use SPF for your skin!