Weather Watch: More early spring snow in store for Craig


— According to the calendar, spring officially has sprung, but residents of Northwest Colorado are quite aware that they always have a chance to see just a little more snow.

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Last week saw some sizable snow collection in Craig as people awakened Tuesday and Saturday mornings to find their yards white once again. And although the melting process was speedy, another deposit of the cold, wet stuff is scheduled later this week.

Monday and Tuesday will be easygoing, with some gentle breezes turning into larger gales of wind Wednesday, expected to repeat the same bursts of 20 to 30 miles per hour activity seen Sunday, possibly blowing even harder.

Data from the National Weather Service shows this will shift into overnight precipitation caused by yet another cold front from the Pacific Northwest that will sweep through the region.

“I’d say there’s a pretty good shot of rain and snow, maybe even better than 50 percent at this point,” Grand Junction NWS meteorologist Jeff Colton said. “Wednesday into Thursday, temperatures will be dropping off fairly quickly behind that front.”

Snowfall is expected to be 1 to 3 inches in Craig and anywhere from 4 to 10 inches at higher elevations nearby Thursday and Friday.

A ridge of high pressure will help the area dry up as the weekend begins, Colton said, but a storm anticipated for next Sunday could make for a snowy start to the following week.

“It’s springtime in the Rockies, so we’ll probably be seeing more of this through the month of April,” he said.


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