On the heels of a surprisingly warm Thanksgiving, Northwest Colorado can expect typical winter to come roaring back.
Craig and Moffat County are due for some snow, and by the middle of the week they’ll almost certainly be seeing it. A partly sunny but gusty Monday with highs in the 40s will herald the arrival of a rush of coldness later that night.
Dan Cuevas, a technician with the National Weather Service Grand Junction office, described the incoming climate as an extension of the “moist Northwest flow” that the area first saw Sunday.
“This one coming in will be a strong, low-pressure system and cold front that will generally be pushing through the region Tuesday,” he said.
The chances for snow jump from 30 percent Monday night to 50 percent and possibly higher Tuesday night and early Wednesday, with the temperature plunging to a high of 15 to 25 degrees during the day. An early estimate for snowfall is 3 to 5 inches within city limits, with surrounding high elevation areas likely seeing between 1 foot and 18 inches of powder.
Even as precipitation fades, Craig also can expect the mercury to stay below freezing Thursday and Friday heading into the weekend, with late night lows below 0.
“There’s quite a bit of colder air being left behind by the system,” Cuevas said.