A warm storm system from the south is expected to move into Southwest Colorado on Monday night with a good chance of rain lasting through early Wednesday.
Megan Stackhouse, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said isolated thunderstorms could begin in Durango as soon as Sunday night and early Monday, but the bulk of the storm is not expected to arrive until Monday night.
The warm, southern storm is expected to keep the snow level at about 11,000 feet, Stackhouse said. Elevations above 11,000 feet could see anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snow from the storm from Monday to Wednesday, she said.
Durango could see a total of a quarter inch to a half inch of rain from the storm from Monday through Wednesday.
Highs in Durango will be in the mid-60s on Monday, drop to the mid-50s on Tuesday and rebound back to the mid-60s on Wednesday, Stackhouse said. Because of cloud cover, lows in Durango should jump from 32 degrees on Sunday to the mid-40s or high 30s from Monday through Wednesday.
Stackhouse said it is unlikely the storm will bring the intense summer-type rain that would pose a flooding risk for the 416 Fire burn scar.
On Friday, the National Weather Service expects a high-pressure system to move in, and Southwest Colorado is expected to be sunny next weekend.