Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast from Friday night

Friday, April 22, 2016

Three storms will affect our our area for the next week starting Saturday afternoon, continuing the cool and wet active weather through at least the first week of May. More upstream Pacific energy will likely continue the unsettled weather past that, affecting local construction projects, but that is beyond the 16 day forecast period I regularly review.

The first storm traveling across the Great Basin on Saturday and eventually southern Wyoming by Sunday brings a cold front, with some thunder possible if the timing is right, through the area around Saturday afternoon or evening. Breezy southwest winds will develop during the day ahead of the front as the storm approaches. The models have flip-flopped from yesterday and are now showing the storm further south again, bringing more precipitation to our area. We may see some snowflakes mixed in with some light to moderate rain rain in the valleys and light to moderate snow on the mountain, yielding around 2-5” on the hill by Sunday afternoon.

The gloomy weather will be around Sunday morning as the cool and breezy northwest flow keeps the weather unsettled, though we should see some sun in the afternoon as the storm moves east of our area.

There will be a break Sunday night into Monday morning before breezy southwest winds and possible afternoon showers develop ahead of the second storm in the wave train. Current forecasts have showers turning into more persistent precipitation on Tuesday and lasting through Wednesday before the storm moves east of our area.

There may be a break in the inclement weather for part of Thursday before the third storm, forecast to cross the central California coast on Wednesday and then travel across the Great Basin, brings showers to our area as soon as Thursday afternoon and an unsettled start to the following weekend.

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