Weather Watch: Weekday clouds to give way to sunny weekend

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— By all indications, last week’s pattern of a couple of days of sun followed by dreary skies before leading into a nice weekend is one we’ll see again this week.

Another varied week is in store for Northwest Colorado, with mostly clear, breezy days anticipated by the National Weather Service for the area Tuesday and Wednesday. A 30 percent chance of showers is forecast for Thursday afternoon, likely increasing through the night and into Friday.

Jim Daniels, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service's Grand Junction office, said the shift could become heavier for other parts of the county and areas stretching past Craig.

“I think they will have snow over the Flat Tops, White River Plateau and in the mountains,” he said.

A cold front’s progress as it moves from British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest through the region should determine how long the weather stays this way, Daniels said. Providing it passes by quickly, the forecast for Saturday and Sunday is bright with temperatures as high as the mid-60s.

“It should be pretty energetic, but one thing it will probably be lacking is an abundance of moisture,” he said. “The system’s fairly fast-moving, so it should be in and out.”

Although snowfall remains a possibility this week, data from the National Weather Service does not point to significant winter weather in the immediate future.

“Just looking at the long-term outlooks for October, November and December, it doesn’t indicate any kind of early winter so far,” Daniels said.

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