Cold Saturday before Indian Summer returns

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A large storm currently located in the Pacific Northwest will send several cool fronts through the Steamboat Springs area starting today, with the last one on Saturday the strongest. Gorgeous warm and dry fall weather will return Sunday and last through at least midweek.

Winds have picked up ahead of the first front today as southwest flow increases, and conditions will stay breezy to windy through the first half of the weekend. Friday will be similar to today, though with less clouds as drier air overspreads the area behind the front.

On Saturday, a much stronger and sharper cold front will blast through the area in the morning or early afternoon as the Pacific Northwest storm moves across the northern Intermountain region. Temperatures will drop ten or twenty degrees fairly quickly behind the front as gusty winds veer from the southwest to the northwest and clouds increase.

There may be enough moisture for showers, and the the air will be cold enough for snowflakes in the Yampa Valley behind the front. After our brief encounter with Indian Summer this week, Saturday could feel like quite the raw day.

But the cool down will be short lived, and after a cold start to Sunday morning, a warm and very dry airmass settles over the West, promoting the return of Indian Summer through at least midweek.

Uncertainty emerges for the end of the work week as a storm approaches the West Coast in strong westerly flow. Models are struggling with the its timing and strength, but some sort of storminess is expected for the end of the work week or the following weekend.

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