Weather Watch: Winds to impact Craig’s climate

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— Batten down the hatches because the atmosphere of Northwest Colorado may be hard to handle this week.

After harsh winds Sunday afternoon, the pattern looks to repeat for Craig and the surrounding areas, according the National Weather Service. However, the week will start out calmly.

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NWS meteorologist Travis Booth, of Grand Junction, said “a weak ridge of high pressure moving overhead” Monday will keep things uneventful with the temperature in the mid-60s, then rising slightly Tuesday and possibly reaching 70. The warming will be accompanied by some unrest as the day progresses.

“There may be some thunderstorms mixed in Tuesday afternoon going into Wednesday,” Booth said. “There certainly doesn’t look like significant moisture, but there may be some gusty outflow winds.”

Winds reaching 40 miles per hour are likely during this period, with the effect on the temperature keeping the readings in the 50s during Wednesday and Thursday only to climb up again by Friday. The breezy trend will continue into the weekend, possibly picking up by early next week with another storm system ready to move into the area.

“It’s kind of hard to say at this point what we may see (next week) moisture-wise,” Booth said.

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