Weather Watch: Snow sticking around early this week in Craig


— After a wet weekend and a smattering of snow on Mother’s Day, it doesn’t look like Northwest Colorado will dry out right away.

Another round of snow is likely for Craig and surrounding areas early Monday, according to data from the National Weather Service, possibly accumulating as much as 4 to 6 inches if conditions persist. The region is under a winter weather advisory until 9 a.m. Monday.

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John Kyle, data acquisition program manager for the NWS Grand Junction office, said the amount of rainfall during the past weekend was as much as 1 inch based on the agency’s measurements, noting that the system causing all the precipitation has been affecting much of the state.

“We’ve had this big area of low pressure over the Pacific Northwest that started a day or two ago and intensified as it’s moved into our area,” he said. “What we’re expecting now is it’s going to gradually move out over the next couple days and transition as that trough of low-pressure moves into the central U.S. We’ve got some high pressure building over California, and that’s going to gradually dry us out and warm us up.”

Temperatures will stay in the 40s today and Tuesday, climb to the 50s by Wednesday, hit the 60s Thursday and should reach the 70s by the weekend.

With moisture impacting the area and a warm-up on the way, Kyle said keeping an eye on rivers would be wise. The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center, which measures the Yampa River at locations in Steamboat Springs and Maybell, is reporting an outlook that both spots will have an increased water flow and height in both spots in the week to come, though it’s likely not enough to be considered dangerous yet.

“It’s not a flash-flood type of event, just high water to be concerned about,” Kyle said.


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