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Moderating Temperatures for the East; Developing Storm for the Plains

Temperatures will continue to moderate across the east half of the nation through at least the first half of this week. A developing storm across the Southern Plains may bring some heavy rain from the Plains to the lower Great Lakes region, a wintry mixture and accumulating snow across the Midwest and Upper Mississippi Valley into mid-week. The west remains unsettled with occasional rain and snow. Read More >


A strong cold front brought very windy conditions to eastern Utah and western Colorado on Monday, June 12th, 2017. Winds gusted 60 to 70 mph in some valleys of NE Utah and NW Colorado just ahead of the frontal passage, and up to 90 mph in some mountain locations in eastern Utah and western Colorado. One new wildfire began during this time period, and two wildfires spread rapidly in the high winds Monday, including one near Blue Mountain (Dead Dog Wildfire), CO and one in Grand Junction, CO.

Widespread tree damage and some power outages were reported across western Colorado due to high winds on Monday. Road closures occurred on Highway 133 near Paonia Reservoir due to trees across road and on Colorado Highway 40 near Dinosaur, CO due to the Dead Dog Wildfire rapidly spreading toward the highway. The Dead Dog Wildfire expanded from 40 acres to over 5000 acres by Monday evening, and to over 17,000 acres by Tuesday afternoon! This rapidly growing fire created evacuations in Blue Mountain, CO on Monday. The wildfire in Grand Junction destroyed a home, two sheds, and a recreational vehicle. Some residents in Grand Junction were evacuated Monday afternoon due to the fire. 

Photo courtesy KKCO-TV.
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Wildfire engulfed home in Grand Junction. Photo courtesy Grand Junction Sentinel. Fallen tree on house due to high winds in Fruitvale (Grand Junction). Photo courtesy Jeff Colton. Fallen tree near Lizard Head Pass. Photo courtesy Randee Bergen. 
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Fence damage in Grand Junction. Photo courtesy Jeff Colton. Dead Dog Fire near Blue Mountain/Dinosaur, CO. Photo courtesy KKCO-TV. Fallen tree on house in Loma, CO. Photo courtesy KKCO-TV. 


  Mature tree snapped on F 1/2 Rd. Photo courtesy Bernadine Sherman.  
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