Weather Watch: Dry, warm week expected for Craig's Whittle the Wood

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It looks like a good week for some whittling.

The National Weather Service forecast for Craig is trending toward several days of pure warmth this week. Following some turbulent activity Sunday, the chances for a mild climate should be solid as the days continue.

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NWS meteorologist Travis Booth, of Grand Junction, said a ridge of high pressure will form in the area through Monday and Tuesday, pushing any unrest away from city limits.

“There might be some showers up north, but it’ll stay dry in Craig,” he said.

A slight chance of moisture touching the town could come Wednesday once a small system passes through, but the heat will come either way, with the temperature on the rise following Sunday’s cold front, likely peaking at 85 by Thursday or Friday.

Weekend conditions should be ideal, Booth said, an outlook good for this week’s several-day event, Whittle the Wood, and related happenings, all of which will take place outdoors.

But, even as Craig residents prepare to enjoy the surroundings, they should still keep in mind a seasonal concern.

“Stay cautious about streams and rivers,” Booth said.

With Whittle the Wood in Loudy-Simpson Park, the Yampa River flows close by, and recent dangerous water levels in Routt County may leave those farther down the body of water questioning their safety. Though safety is still advised as with rivers across the state, data from Colorado Basin River Forecast Center shows the Yampa to be staying within the banks near Craig, likely falling in the flow of cubic feet per second, as well.

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