Weather Watch: Warm, dry conditions may or may not stay through Craig’s weekend

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Memorial Day weekend in Northwest Colorado is traditionally a period of several days of complete uncertainty when it comes to weather, and this year won’t be much different.

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The forecast for Craig from the National Weather Service this week calls for a mild feel, with readings in the mid-70s and mostly clear skies.

NWS meteorologist Ellen Heffernan said the “moderate southwest flow” will likely include some cloud coverage each day.

“You’ll probably see some clouds develop with afternoon convection, and there a couple weak, embedded waves that pass over the year, but mostly it looks like dry conditions,” she said.

As the calendar gets closer to the holiday, the odds of ideal weather for outdoor activities are expected to change. A low pressure system originating in the Pacific Northwest will impact parts of the Great Basin area this week.

If, when and what amount of that flow will reach Craig is currently uncertain, Heffernan said.

“There’s a slightly better chance of precipitation Saturday, but the chances of it are pretty low,” she said.

Heffernan said pinpointing movement for the remainder of the three-day weekend is not exact this far in advance, and a wave known as a “kicker” brewing next week could change everything depending on its power.

“Right now that looks like it’s not in the northwest states until Tuesday after Memorial Day,” she said.

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