Enjoy the unseasonable warmth while you can, Northwest Colorado.
The warm weekend temperatures will continue Monday and part of Tuesday, as Craig experiences a brief rise in the mercury. According to the National Weather Service, the expected highs early this week in the mid- to high 50s are about 10 to 15 degrees above the average for the first half of November.
Joe Ramey, an National Weather Service meteorologist out of Grand Junction, attributed the warmth to a ridge of high pressure.
“It’s amplifying over the Great Basin, and that will move over us by Tuesday,” he said. “Clouds will start to intrude Tuesday as that ridge starts to break down and then we start getting some Pacific storms coming in from the northwest.”
Craig can expect a 20 to 30 percent chance of showers Wednesday, possibly dragging into Thursday. The burst of precipitation, which could stay even longer, likely will leave the area at its usual climate through the weekend.
“It looks like an unsettled week,” Ramey said.