Cool and wet work week

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The remnants of former hurricane Linda and a Pacific storm currently in the Gulf of Alaska will conspire to keep the Steamboat Springs area cool and likely wet starting tomorrow afternoon.

Moisture from the former hurricane is beginning to overspread Colorado today, as some smoke the wildfires to our west invaded the area in weak northwest flow overnight. Periods of rain by later Monday and lasting overnight into Tuesday morning may occur as the circulation is forced eastward across the Great Basin today and through Colorado tomorrow by the approaching Pacific storm. The intensity of this rain may be tempered if cool and cloudy conditions are present earlier in the day.

Though the possibility of rain will decrease during the day Tuesday, waves ejecting ahead of the Pacific storm will keep the temperatures cool with a chance of showers during the rest of the day.

Waves are forecast to continue moving through the Pacific storm, keeping its eastward motion slow and the chance of continued cool and showery weather through Wednesday and Thursday. By Friday, current model guidance indicates some warming and drying heading into the weekend.

Some models have another much weaker Pacific storm approaching the West Coast early in the weekend, and this may allow moisture to return from the south and increase the chance of showers by mid-next weekend, though this chance will be greatest south of the Steamboat Springs area. This will be a quick moving storm with warm and dry weather quickly returning heading into the following work week.

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