Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Moisture rotating through a ridge of high pressure centered over the western states has brought clouds to the Steamboat Springs area today. Some light rain showers at the lower elevations and snow showers at the higher elevations are possible through this evening before drier air pushes into Colorado early Thanksgiving morning.
Warm temperatures and mostly sunny skies are expected for Thanksgiving Day before a weakening and quickly moving storm grazes northern Colorado on Friday. Temperatures will fall from Thursday under cloudy skies, and there may be some high elevation snow showers and low elevations rain showers during the day and overnight on Friday.
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Drier and warmer air follows the small storm for Saturday as skies turn sunnier through the day. Sunday should be even warmer and sunnier than Saturday ahead of our next weather-maker currently timed for around Monday.
Though much cooler temperatures are very likely for the beginning of the work week, there is uncertainty regarding the strength of the storm and its southern extent as it splits while crossing the West Coast on Sunday. The American GFS has kept the storm more consolidated with quick-moving snow showers for Monday and Tuesday, while the European ECMWF has now dumped more energy and moisture into the southern part of the storm. The European solution delays the arrival of the cool air till early Tuesday as it brings a stronger and slower moving storm across the Great Basin. This solution favors more significant snows over our area for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Both models indicated a short break in our weather around Thursday before possibly turning unsettled again around the following weekend.