Weather Watch: Mid-week winds turn into wetter weather

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It’s déjà vu all over again, as far as the weather of Northwest Colorado goes.

In what’s becoming a consistent recurrence, the weather for the region this week will go through a cycle shifting from pleasant to dreary to pleasant again.

Like last week, the National Weather Service forecast for today, Tuesday and Wednesday is mild and sunny. Some sizable winds are anticipated each day, peaking Tuesday with gusts as high as 25 miles per hour.

A 20 percent chance of showers Wednesday night moves up to 50 percent Thursday, with precipitation hanging through Friday.

A cold front similar to last week’s will make its way through the area, but a few differences indicate the results won’t be as harsh.

“This storm will be coming in from the Southwest, so that doesn’t favor Craig as much,” said Jim Daniels, a meteorologist with the NWS Grand Junction office. “It should be a mixture of rain and snow Thursday night.”

Once again, the gray skies are expected to clear up to make a sunny weekend.

Though much of it has already melted, Craig received about 9 inches of snowfall last week, according to NWS measurements. Daniels said areas around Hayden and Steamboat saw between 10 and 12 inches.

“We got reports of about 5 inches near Rangely, too,” he said.

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