The sprinkling that Craig began to see Thursday afternoon should be just the beginning of something bigger.
Craig, Moffat County and the majority of Colorado are in store for more wet weather this weekend. The National Weather Service has been tracking a Pacific storm that will linger over the region during the next few days, bringing with it some rain and snow.
“We’ve got a big wave coming in from the California coast, so we’ll be seeing some moisture,” said John Kyle, data acquisition program manager for the NWS Grand Junction office.
The storm’s progress inevitably will spread across most of the state, but Western Colorado and Wyoming will see a greater amount of precipitation than the Front Range.
“It’s a big storm, so all of Colorado’s going to be impacted,” Kyle said.
On Thursday, NWS officially issued a “winter storm watch” for the area for Friday, Kyle said. The status is expected to be in effect through Sunday. Additionally, a “winter weather advisory” was put forth for Thursday evening through Friday morning.
The rising temperatures Craig has been experiencing won’t drop too drastically Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which means rain is more likely than snow, at least during the daylight hours, with highs staying in the 40s.
Overnight Friday shows the best chance for snow at 70 percent.
“Even though it’s a Pacific storm, we’ve got enough cold air that we should see some snow at the higher elevations,” Kyle said.
Kyle added that seasonal transitions should lead to an overall increase in warmth for Northwest Colorado, but the approach of spring isn’t a guarantee of mild weather.
For example, even after the storm passes through the region, the coolness it leaves behind will stay put in Craig for Monday and Tuesday, preventing much of a rise in the climate.