Weather Watch: Cold conditions in store for Craig, Moffat County |

Weather Watch: Cold conditions in store for Craig, Moffat County

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The snow may be slowing down heading into the New Year, but Jack Frost is going as strong as ever.

Northwest Colorado can expect a significant drop in temperature to start the final week of 2015. Though not very forceful, winter winds will contribute greatly to the chilly climate early in the week, with wind-chill values making Monday's anticipated high of about 17 degrees feel more like 35 below zero following an even colder Sunday.

The gusts will have less power moving into Tuesday and Wednesday as the region's sudden dryness is hit with a minor storm system that "has a chance to bring a few snow showers to the higher terrain," said Andrew Lyons, meteorologist for the Grand Junction office of the National Weather ServiceNational Weather Service..

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"We're in a really active pattern of storms dropping in from the west coast from Oregon and northern California, and it will kind of swing down by the Four Corners region before moving out over the central US," he said.

Lyons added that the impact from the system likely won't be much for Craig and Moffat County.

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"You're probably not looking at much in the way of accumulation with that, it'll be pretty quick moving and there's not a lot of moisture for it to work with," he said.

Any precipitation will be gone as soon as it comes, with the area drying significantly and warming slightly Thursday heading into the weekend, though highs will still be well below freezing.

"Should be clear skies and dry throughout most of the period, just cold," Lyons said. "If you're out there, just be sure to bundle up."