Warm temperatures, clear skies forecast for week ahead
October 5, 2014
Craig — Keep your shorts and sandals out for at least one more week, as warm temperatures and clear, sunny weather will make for pleasant Indian summer conditions in Northwest Colorado through the weekend.
An "Indian summer" typically refers to mild or warmer conditions following freezing temperatures, according to Jim Daniels, with the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction. Last week, the high country surrounding Rabbit Ears Pass — including the pass itself — received several inches of snow, and lows in Craig dipped below 30 degrees.
The warmer temperatures are predicted to reach a high of 70 degrees in Craig on Monday and Tuesday, gradually leveling off to a high of 65 degrees by the weekend. Evening temperatures will remain cool, with nighttime lows holding steady in the low 30s all week.
"Northwest Colorado is generally looking at dry, autumn weather with generally seasonal temperatures," Daniels said.
Light winds Monday and Tuesday will add to the drying effect after last week's rain.
"High pressure along the West Coast will keep generally dry northwest flow across Northwest Colorado through midweek," Daniels said. "Northwest flow could bring a chance of showers around the mountains near Steamboat Springs Sunday."
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According to Daniels, a weak disturbance and the remnants of Hurricane Simon could reach Southwest Colorado on Thursday and Friday, bringing a chance of precipitation. However, the northwest part of the state should remain unaffected.
The warm temperatures offer a perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fall foliage, as cottonwoods reach the peak of their fall color.
Skies will remain mostly clear throughout the week, with partly cloudy skies expected Friday night.
"It will be fairly sunny, just nice autumn weather," Daniels said.