Area freeze warning in effect |

Area freeze warning in effect

Aspen Times Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” Cover the tomatoes.

The first hard freeze of the season is expected at lower elevations in western Colorado, including the entire Roaring Fork Valley, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

A freeze warning is in effect for areas that include the valley and the Interstate 70 corridor. Freezing temperatures are forecast late Monday and early Tuesday from Rifle to Glenwood Springs and from Glenwood to Aspen.

Precipitation Sunday night, which dusted higher elevations with snow, is expected to move out Monday night. Clear skies and decreasing winds will allow for some of the coldest temperatures of the season thus far across much of western Colorado, according to the weather service.

Temperatures dipping into the low 30s or upper 20s are expected. The cold conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation, the weather service warned.

The mercury is expected to inch upward in Aspen as the week progresses ” with highs in the low 60s on Tuesday and Wednesday, but lows hovering near freezing. Partly cloudy skies Tuesday and Wednesday are forecast to give way to a sunny day on Thursday.