Weekend warmth in Craig will be followed by showers leading into Thanksgiving
A small wave of wet weather that hit Craig this week will slow down by the weekend, but there’s likely more to come leading up to Thanksgiving.
The National Weather Service forecast anticipates snow showers for Northwest Colorado by late Sunday, Nov. 23 and early Monday as a cold system from the north brings with it precipitation.
Rain and snow late Wednesday and throughout Thursday in Craig was a much smaller scale of what could be to come, said Dan Cuevas, a technician with NWS’s Grand Junction office.
“The (system) that we just had was more out of the southwest and was unseasonably mild,” he said.
Sunny skies are expected for part of Friday, Saturday and early Sunday before conditions start to shift, he said. High temperatures will be in the low to mid-40s.
“It’ll be drying out somewhat for the weekend, but by Sunday there is a chance of snow showers,” Cuevas said. “It won’t be solid precipitation. It looks unsettled. As the systems work their way through, it’ll be some stops and starts, lows and peaks of unsettled weather.”
Cuevas said there should be both sunshine and moisture, leaving the exact amount of snowfall uncertain as the mercury is unlikely to plummet, though it will drop somewhat.
The severe cold snap the region experienced in late October is probably not going to repeat, Cuevas said, though he added winter conditions are creeping in little by little.
“Things will probably be a little more seasonal. The first half of November was pretty warm, and temperatures will be cooler and more like what is average,” he said. “That October was record-breaking.”
Snow is likely to pick up more around Tuesday and Wednesday and likely around the holiday.
“Looks like Thanksgiving Day could be a mess, but the day following Thanksgiving could be OK,” Cuevas said. “Anyone who’s planning to travel should certainly be paying attention to the forecast.”
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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.