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Weather Watch: Warm conditions may ease holiday travel for Craig residents

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday this year could be either a burden or a blessing depending on which day you hit the road. Where you're going might have something to do with it, too, and sometimes home is the place to be.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a slow transition into mild weather this week. The dreary weekend system that snuck into Northwest Colorado on Saturday will likely be halted by Monday.

Tom Renwick, NWS meteorologist out of Grand Junction, said the chances for snow will diminish within Craig by this point.

"Up against the mountains, you might be getting it and you might not," he said. "You're right on the boundary, and there might be some (snow) to the east."

Circumstances will change by Tuesday — a buildup of atmospheric pressure is expected to keep much of Colorado drier and warmer throughout the week, including Wednesday, Thanksgiving Day and Friday.

"We'll be having it in the whole Southwest region," Renwick said.

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Temperatures will remain in the 40s or higher for Craig and possibly greater still for other parts of the state. While not all parts of the country will be seeing calm weather, the forecast is good news for many of Colorado's holiday travelers.

AAA Colorado anticipates 752,000 residents traveling 50 miles or more as part of Thanksgiving plans, a bump of 3.5 percent from 2013, according to a news release from the organization. The number of those flying is expected to be about 51,000, the most for the state since 2008.

However, while climate conditions will be ideal for most of the week, returning back to Craig could be bumpier, with NWS's early weather models showing the possibility of a new system hitting the area by the following Sunday.

"It looks like it's going to stay to the north (of Craig), but it could all change," Renwick said. "It's up in the air right now."