Snow swirls around a snowflake-shaped Christmas decoration hanging from a light post along Yampa Avenue in Craig.

Photo by Andy Bockelman

Snow swirls around a snowflake-shaped Christmas decoration hanging from a light post along Yampa Avenue in Craig.

Weather Watch: Less snow expected for Craig, but cold remains

Jack Frost’s time in Northwest Colorado may not be over yet, but the chill of the season should be a little less extreme for the coming week.

Following a winter storm last week that brought about one foot of snow to Craig, the climate looks to be warming up a tiny bit, according to the National Weather Service. The week starts out cold with a 40 percent chance of precipitation beginning Sunday night, dragging into Monday morning as the temperatures remain well below freezing.

Matthew Aleksa, a meteorologist with NWS in Grand Junction, said this is the aftereffect of the previous storm systems that have passed through the area. However, other developments will move the frosty air out of the region quicker.

“We have a ridge of high pressure that’s going to be building through the week,” he said. “There’s going to be a brief shot of snow Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, but it looks like it will mostly be in the northern mountains, and you may feel a few snow showers in Craig, but it won’t be anything major compared to what we’ve had.”

As the high pressure kicks in, Craig can expect highs in the 20s for Wednesday through Friday. Though the temperature may rise a tad, the snow coverage that’s already on the ground will keep the numbers on the low side.

“It will still be very cold,” Aleksa said.

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