Weather Watch: Wet week likely for Craig
Summertime in Northwest Colorado means warmer weather though still far from being considered tropical. However, the area will nonetheless be affected by conditions you’d expect in other parts of the world.
The National Weather Service forecast for Craig and much of Colorado is for a dry start to the week followed by a splash of wet weather. The past weekend, Tropical Storm Andres in the Eastern Pacific helped bring some precipitation, and Tropical Storm Blanca near the Baja Peninsula threatens to do the same.
Matthew Aleksa, an NWS meteorologist out of Grand Junction, noted that Moffat County and the Western Slope will be drying out Monday and Tuesday with highs in the 80s. This will lead to a wet Wednesday, with heavy rain coming from a trough of low pressure around the Great Basin late Tuesday.
A cold front Thursday will put the temperature into the 60s complete with a chance of thunderstorms and rain, with a system of cool air from the Pacific Northwest.
Quantifying the amount of precipitation is difficult at this point, Aleksa said, though he expects some good showers.
“As far as amounts, it could be rainfall rates of three-quarters of an inch of hour, it just depends on the intensity of the storms,” he said. “They’ll be wet, versus a storm where you get a light drizzle or a lot of wind but no rain.”
The activity is an anomaly, he said, noting that June is typically the driest month for the area, though patterns are bringing in more moisture from other regions.
“It’s not very common for what we usually see,” he said.
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The Lower and Central Yampa River Basin, which include Craig, Hayde, Rangely, Dinosaur and Meeker, will be under a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service starting at 6 a.m. Thursday.