Autumn is officially here, but the feel of summer will be sticking around this week in Northwest Colorado, ideally without some of the dire conditions that can come with the heat. The temperature will likely be in the 70s in the coming days, with a peak high of 80 on Wednesday, based on the National Weather Service forecast.
Possibility remains for Labor Day weekend atmospheric activity
As we head into the final stretch of summer, it’s not necessary to put the barbecue back in storage just yet if you want to get one last good grill session in this week. Still, don’t print any invitations for a big outdoor celebration, either. A good likelihood of precipitation is in store for Northwest Colorado this week, as a storm system expected to present itself Sunday will spill over into Monday and Tuesday.
The moisture won’t be totally drying up for Northwest Colorado this week, though it also won’t stay long. Mild storming will likely hit Craig and Moffat County early in the week to come, as a high-pressure system forming over Texas pushes wet weather elsewhere, including the Western Slope.
The dry spell could break over the holiday weekend with the greatest chance of rain arriving Sunday in the Park Range outside Steamboat as well as in the Flat Tops.
Seasonably warm temperatures are expected to continue through the first half of the week, with some isolated moisture throughout the region, forecasters are predicting.
The areas that carry the highest snowpack deep into summer are also susceptible to flood danger. Hoosier Pass, on Colorado Highway 9 between Breckenridge and South Park, with 14.2 inches of water content, is a case in point.
Summertime in Northwest Colorado means warmer weather though still far from being considered tropical. However, the area will nonetheless be affected by conditions you’d expect in other parts of the world. The National Weather Service forecast for Craig and much of Colorado is for a dry start to the week followed by a splash of wet weather. The past weekend, Tropical Storm Andres in the Eastern Pacific helped bring some precipitation, and Tropical Storm Blanca near the Baja Peninsula threatens to do the same.
Sunny weather is upon us
Break out the flip flops and sandals — Craig is getting a heat wave this week compared to the past several weeks of rain and uncertain temperatures.
Spring rains will replace spring snow as seasonal weather systems pass through Northwest Colorado this week.
State Representative Diane Mitsch Bush will continue to push for new legislation that would require more drivers to use snow tires or chains on Interstate 70 in the mountains despite the State Senate's move to study the issue first.
Snowpack in the Yampa Basin above Craig and Steamboat Springs is low and temperatures have been atypically high since March, but the Colorado River Basin Forecast Center still gives the Yampa River a 90 percent chance of peaking at 2,000 cubic feet per second.
Moffat County is under a fire weather watch Sunday and Monday by the National Weather Service, with extremely dry and windy conditions necessitating caution.
Northwest Colorado will experience some bluster this week, though it’s anyone’s guess if that will impact the Easter holiday weekend.
March has made a quick transition from lion to lamb, with mild temperatures and clear skies expected to continue throughout most of the week in Craig.
Craig and Moffat County will likely see some precipitation and definitely cooler temperatures this week as something wintry this way comes, showing it isn’t full-fledged springtime in these parts.
Warmer weather expected mid week
The dry, spring-like weather in Craig might end for a day or two this week, as a small snowstorm is forecasted to blanket Craig on Monday, only to taper off and dry up on Tuesday.
Craig experienced its warmest day of 2015 on Saturday when the temperature reached 57, and according to the National Weather Service, this unseasonable warmth will diminish only slightly as a small amount of precipitation creeps into the area with a cold front starting Monday night.
A pair of storm systems from the Pacific Northwest is headed toward Colorado, taking effect primarily Sunday with some additional holdover Monday and part of Tuesday.
Moffat County will get a breather from its recent snow flurries, but another round will be right around the corner.
The Christmas season brought with it lower temperatures and plenty of snow, and for this week, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.