Weather Watch: Northwest Colorado to see ‘unsettled week’

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— It may be hard to determine which half of the double-sided expression of March coming in like a lamb and out like a lion or vice versa is true as the month begins for Craig and Moffat County.

Precipitation is likely for Northwest Colorado this week starting Monday, but don’t expect torrents of rain to hit the entire area.

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Jeff Colton, meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office, said the moisture expected likely will be more concentrated east of Craig, at least for Monday. There’s a better chance Tuesday to see rain or snow within city limits, he said.

“Right now, it looks more like rain than snow at this point with temperatures in the 40s,” he said. “They’re coming from the Pacific Northwest, and we’re back in that northwesterly flow that we’ve been under the influence of most of the winter.”

Last week’s Pacific storm that was expected to hit Craig shifted toward other parts of the state, Colton said.

“That whole thing dug in farther south than we expected,” he said. “This thing should roll over the northwest plateau and the northern mountains, so it should be an unsettled week.”

As the week continues, Wednesday and Thursday will be warm and dry, with a small amount of activity picking up Thursday night.

“I wouldn’t expect anything to be hanging around very long, but we’ll be getting a cool-down from the north, so temperatures will be dropping off into the weekend,” Colton said.

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