A warm and dry start to springtime in the Yampa Valley might change a tad this week, but don’t be surprised if the conditions go right back to being nearly tropical.
Weeklong forecast is so bright you'll need shades
Break out the sunscreen and sunglasses, as temperatures are on the rise in Northwest Colorado.
Some much needed snow was headed toward the Steamboat Springs area Tuesday.
Craig’s high on Monday is forecast at 40 degrees with a 40 percent chance of snow showers, and Tuesday temps will drop to 33 degrees with a 70 percent of snow showers, according to the National Weather Service.
Warmer weather is expected this week, which is sure to thaw Northwest Colorado after back to back days of subzero temperatures.
Many businesses and residents in Craig were without electricity Friday morning when temperatures read minus 19 degrees around 11 a.m.
The snowstorm that brought large amounts of snow to Northwest Colorado is clearing the area as an Arctic cold front moves in from the north bringing dangerously low temperatures.
More cold weather expected later this week as Arctic system brings more precipitation
The snowstorm blasting Northwest Colorado has brought accumulations of 18 inches or more to the Craig area. “We are transitioning into a really wet period this week with a strong jet stream and Pacific moisture coming directly across to Colorado. The conditions are just right with instability providing octane for making good snow,” said Dennis Phillips, a meteorologist in the Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service.
Officials responded to a string of rollover accidents in Northwest Colorado Sunday night through Monday afternoon after a statewide winter storm this weekend left roads icy and slick.
Snow and blowing snow over the weekend created conditions similar to a violently shaken snow globe, and now that winter weather has arrived it looks to stay with forecasts predicting accumulations of two feet or more of snow into next week.
Winter weather comes with the usual mishaps, but several Craig business owners returned from Thanksgiving to an unwelcome surprise: chipped and broken storefront windows due to rogue gravel from a Colorado Department of Transportation snow plow.
Strong winds and brief rain hit Craig in the late afternoon and early evening Thursday, causing electrical power outrages in multiple parts of town, including Ranney Street and Victory Way, part of isolated showers and thunderstorms throughout Northwest Colorado.
Yampa River rises, data uploads
Jeff Foster, of the the U.S. Geological Survey, launched a high-tech streamflow measuring device called an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler into the Yampa River at Fifth Street to make precise measurements of the river’s flows.
Matt and Lauren Kuckkahn had just returned home from doing errands in Hayden at about 5 p.m. when they discovered that one half of a very large evergreen tree had fallen on the front entrance of their home.
Normal February precipitation in the city of Steamboat Springs is 1.9 inches of moisture, according to the National Weather Service. In February 2016, Steamboat saw just 1.36 inches.
Steamboat skiers and snowboarders prefer their champagne dry, but the relatively wet snow that buried the slopes over the weekend put a big boost into the snowpack on nearby Rabbit Ears Pass
With erratic weather happening in other parts of the country, the people of Northwest Colorado can rest easy that the activity they’ll be seeing may be cold and wet but nothing they can’t handle.
The subzero temperatures in Northwest Colorado are no joke, and taking proper precautions to protect pets is vitally important to their health, according to Yampa Valley pet experts. Perhaps the most important message veterinarians and the Humane Society want pet owners to hear is that if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet.
The snow may be slowing down heading into the New Year, but Jack Frost is going as strong as ever.
Having a well-stocked emergency kit and following some safe driving tips could be the difference between life and death during a snowy, winter road trip.