Weather Watch: Good conditions expected for Memorial Day in Craig
May 25, 2014
Craig — A splash of wet weather Sunday may have set a poor tone for the remainder of the Memorial Day weekend in Craig, but the early part of this week looks to be drying up.
The National Weather Service forecast for the region shows a partly sunny Memorial Day with a high of about 75. Indications are on the positive side that residents will be able to enjoy the full range of activities during Grand Olde West Days, whether downtown, at the carnival or rodeo at Moffat County Fairgrounds or just paying their respects at the cemetery to those who served their country and made the holiday possible.
A warm-up is expected for the following few days, said NWS meteorologist Jim Daniels.
"Temperatures are on the rebound, and it looks like they'll peak on Wednesday and Thursday with highs up around 80," he said.
The high pressure looks to be beneficial for much of the state, including counties recently afflicted by tornado conditions, though it's too soon to tell if all parts of Colorado will be sitting pretty this week.
A Pacific system is expected to combine forces with a wave of southwestern moisture and hit Northwest Colorado by Friday, Daniels said.
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"We'll be keeping this pattern of 'not too bad' in the week and showery in the weekend," he said.
The resultant precipitation and possible full-fledged thunderstorms may blow over in one day or could possibly stretch through to Sunday if the conditions are intense enough. Even if the rain is slowed, colder temperatures are still likely, possibly getting as low as 60.
Caution around the area's rivers will still be key as the waters continue to rise, Daniels said.
Predictions from the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center show the Yampa River rising both near Steamboat Springs and Maybell as the week progresses, with the possibility of water spilling over the banks if the trends stay the same, though flooding remains unlikely in these locations.