Cool mornings and warm dry days follow a small storm on Tuesday

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Other than some light accumulations on the mountain on Tuesday, the next week looks dry in Steamboat Springs. Monday will be similar to today as a very dry airmass sits over the western states. We’ve seen our first strong temperature inversion of the season this morning (where air temperatures increase with increasing height) with a low of 4F in the valley and 18F on the top of Mt. Werner at that time.

A storm currently off the Pacific Northwest coast will split as it makes landfall tonight, with moisture ahead of the southern split of the storm bringing first high clouds to our area later Monday and then showers by Monday night. Precipitation will start as rain in the Yampa Valley before some cool air grazes northern Colorado early Tuesday, changing the rain showers over to snow showers for a time. I would expect 1-4” of snow at the higher elevations by Wednesday morning for the Steamboat Ski Area’s scheduled Opening Day, with no accumulations in the valley.

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Even though a ridge of high pressure builds over the western states behind the grazing storm, moisture will travel over the ridge leading to a mostly cloudy Wednesday, with the possibility of a stray shower later in the day. The overnight clouds on Tuesday and Wednesday nights will lead to warmer minimum temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday mornings as the clouds act like an insulating earth-blanket.

Thanksgiving Day looks warm and mostly sunny by the afternoon as drier air moves over our area.

The possible storm for Friday has trended weaker and further north, and it now looks like our area will miss even showers, though some cool air does get dragged over the area around Friday night.

The western ridge is advertised to rebuild for the weekend, bringing plenty of sun and warm afternoon days. And that looks to persist for a couple of days into the next work week before the weather may turn unsettled around midweek.

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