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Weather Watch: Precipitation possible for Craig as warmth remains in area

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The heat wave Northwest Colorado has felt recently may waver a bit, but it won't be gone by any means this week.

Craig experienced the warmest day of 2015 to date 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.

"At this point, we're looking at some isolated showers for Craig," said Joe Ramey, an NWS meteorologist out of Grand Junction. "The mountains to your east will do a lot better than that, but chances don't look overly impressive."

It may be snow, it may be rain, but it won't be much, Ramey said, pointing out the likelihood of the later week drying out as the highs drop into the low 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday only to rise again through the weekend, possibly hitting the 50s again.

These highs are well above average, Ramey said.

"They should be more around 36 for this time of year," he said. "That ridge (of high pressure) out to our west that's been dominating our weather for about six weeks or so is popping right back up and we're warm and dry again."

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Ramey said that indicators are good that activity from the Pacific will bring a wet spring down the line, but a concern is how the thermal trends will affect the snowpack and the region's rivers.

The rate is currently about 87 percent of what it normally is for the Yampa River, Ramey said.

"With these warm, mild days and very little snow occurring in the mountains, that number continues to get smaller and smaller," he said.