Weather Watch: Small chance of storms in Craig, odds low for rain |

Weather Watch: Small chance of storms in Craig, odds low for rain

Autumn is officially here, but the feel of summer will be sticking around this week in Northwest Colorado, ideally without some of the dire conditions that can come with the heat.

The temperature will likely be in the 70s in the coming days, with a peak high of 80 on Wednesday, based on the National Weather ServiceNational Weather Service forecast. forecast.

National Weather Service forecast.

A weak Pacific system will make itself known Monday, bringing some possible thunderstorms but hardly any rain as it sticks around in the area through Tuesday. At best, the chances for precipitation are 10 to 20 percent, said Paul Frisbie, NWS meteorologist out of Grand Junction.

“It may be a notch higher, but it’s not a real strong system,” he said. “It’s bringing in a bunch of clouds, mid-level and high-level, dragging across, especially (Monday) afternoon.”

Wednesday and Thursday look to be mostly sunny before another round of small storms comes around Friday, again providing little if any moisture, dropping the thermometer into the low 70s for the weekend, possibly an indicator of things to come.

“The Pacific is getting much more active, and I tend to think we’ll be getting some cooler action next week,” Frisbie said.

Though the region is not completely free of the hazards of wildfire season, the conditions are looking better, Frisbie said, noting that the storming that’s on the way hopefully won’t affect any extra dry land that could be impacted by lightning.

“It’s not out of the question and there are some inconsistencies, but we’re moving away from fire weather season,” he said.

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