Weather Watch: Spring rains, warming temperatures ahead this week
Craig — Spring rains will replace spring snow as seasonal weather systems pass through Northwest Colorado this week.
Moffat County residents can expect to see spotty rain showers Monday as one weather system replaces another, said meteorologist Tom Renwick with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
Temperatures should warm in the middle of the week to the mid- and upper 60s, with partial cloud cover and a chance of precipitation Wednesday night.
The thermometer will dip slightly over the weekend to the mid-50s and lower 60s as a larger storm front moves in.
“There is a big system coming in Friday and into the weekend from the south, so it won’t affect (Northwest Colorado) that much,” Renwick said. “It’s pretty much spread through the whole of Colorado. Friday and Saturday there will be a chance of rain showers.”
Lows will remain around freezing through Thursday, with lows in the 40s over the weekend.
The spring moisture has been a boon to Northwest Colorado following a relatively dry winter.
Between Wednesday and Saturday, the weather service measured .84 inches of rain and 5.8 inches of snow at a location 33 miles north of Craig.
For those looking forward to Western Slope peaches, apricots and other fruits every summer, Renwick reported that Palisade-area fruit trees — which have already bloomed — remained unscathed after last week’s cold temperatures.
“It got really close, but we have a research center in the middle of Palisade and they said everything’s fine,” Renwick said.
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