Craig sees sizable rains Monday, braces for more

— Northwest Colorado’s wet season has finally hit, and it’s hit hard.

After bits of rain off and on throughout the weekend, Craig residents saw a greater deluge Monday morning with significant precipitation covering the town for the first time in a long while.

After receiving about 0.6 inches of rain during the weekend, according to the gauge at Moffat County Airport, the town got a total of 0.84 inches throughout Monday.

The area has received 1.51 inches to date this month. The average area rainfall for September is about 1.9 inches, said John Kyle, a data acquisition program manager for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

“Craig’s already a little over halfway there,” he said Monday afternoon. “We’ve got a good stream of moisture along Western Colorado that’s going to continue for much of the week.”

The rain tapered off Tuesday, with only about 0.07 inches as of 3 p.m. However, there is a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday with precipitation diminishing Friday and into the weekend.

“It just depends on where the storm sets up, but the chances of wetting rains are definitely there,” Kyle said.

Kyle added that much of the Western Slope has seen downpours in the past five weeks.

“Northwest Colorado has missed a lot of that, so it’s finally making up for it,” he said.

Craig has received a total of 7.56 inches of rain to date for 2013, a considerable increase from 2012's 3.96 inches.

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