Weather Watch: Abundant snowfall to give Craig a white Christmas
December 20, 2015
It's not certain yet if Northwest Colorado will awaken Christmas morning to a blanket of new powder, but the days leading up to it will feature a lot of the substance.
"The very short summary is snow, lots of snow," said Joe Ramey, National Weather ServiceNational Weather Service meteorologist out of Grand Junction, regarding Craig’s forecast. meteorologist out of Grand Junction, regarding Craig's forecast.
National Weather Service meteorologist out of Grand Junction, regarding Craig's forecast.
NWS models are predicting about one to two inches for the region running Sunday through Monday, though the city limits will receive far less of a hit than the Flat Tops and surrounding areas in a series of disturbances.
However, it will be later in the week that the most precipitation occurs.
"Tuesday the very best moisture begins to arrive, and that looks like it continues right through Wednesday," Ramey said. "We have a jet stream that stretched from Western Colorado all the way out to the central Pacific. It's kind of a pipe transporting considerable moisture into the area."
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Wednesday will be a day of "significant snowfall" along the Western Slope he added, though an exact amount isn't easy to estimate, and the southwestern part of the state may even see rain depending on the conditions.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day might see the snow continue for Craig and Moffat County, but as the holiday excitement rises, the temperatures will plunge, with highs previously in the mid-20s to low 30s at the beginning of the week moving to low 20s at the balmiest parts of the day Thursday and Friday, the thermometer unlikely to go past the teens if the trends stay the same.
Yuletide travelers should stay aware of forecasts to ensure they're updated on icy roads and other hazards that could make their holiday unpleasant, Ramey said.
"They should be flexible with their travel if they can, and we recommend traveling with an emergency kit with items to keep them warm if they get caught in a snowdrift, things to help them get unstuck, like a shovel, cat litter for traction, things like that. It's a good thing to carry along with the presents."