Only in your dreams

No significant snowfall expected until after Christmas Day

Those dreaming of a white Christmas probably will have to keep dreaming.

Despite snow flurries Wednesday evening, it's unlikely Craig will get any serious accumulation before Christmas Day, according to the National Weather Service.

"To make a white Christmas, people in the valley may have to make snow," meteorologist Jim Pringle said Wednesday.

Today's high temperature prediction is 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather should grow warmer during the end of the week, with a high temperature of 20 degrees Friday and 31 degrees Saturday.

"It will feel like a normal winter's day, even if there isn't much snow on the ground," Pringle said.

Even the mountains are unlikely to see much snow during the holiday weekend.

That could be good news for travelers. People driving across Rabbit Ears Pass today may encounter powdery snow blown by high winds, Pringle said.

Wednesday's afternoon flurries were a welcome weather development for Karen Brown of Craig.

"I love the snow. It makes everything so pretty," she said.

Unfortunately for Brown and other snow lovers, the flurries stopped after about half an hour Wednesday afternoon. But they picked up again Wednesday evening, covering sidewalks and forcing drivers to brush snow off their car windshields.

In November, Northwest Colorado was receiving above average snowfall, Pringle said. The snow continued through early December and has since tapered off.

The Steamboat Ski Area has a midmountain snow depth of 31 inches. That's about average for ski areas across the state, Pringle said. Silverton Mountain Ski Area has the most snow, with 60 inches at midmountain.

Ski areas received most of their snow during a storm pattern that passed through Colorado just after Thanksgiving.

A storm system could pass through Colorado on Monday or Tuesday, Pringle said. A second system could pass through just before New Year's Day. But most of the snow should fall in southern Colorado.

"Northwest Colorado won't be totally left out, but it won't receive the lion's share," Pringle said.

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