Sunday, December 10, 2017
A dominant and large ridge of high pressure over the West Coast has brought sunny skies to the Steamboat Springs area this Sunday. Waves of energy traveling over the top of the ridge will bring some cooler temperatures and breezy northwest winds on Monday and Thursday, though the Yampa Valley will start off each day cool as the clear skies and low sun angle encourage a temperature inversion to form each night.
Rather than traveling over the top of the West Coast ridge, a pattern change may be in the offing around Saturday as a Pacific storm beats the ridge down. It is not yet clear how much of the Pacific storm will survive the battle with the ridge, but some clouds and snow showers are currently advertised for next weekend.
The unsettled weekend weather may last into the following Monday before the numerical weather models have a much stronger and more promising storm moving into California around mid next week. While forecasts generally become far more uncertain after about a week, there is agreement that this storm will mix with some cold air from Canada. This may allow wintry weather to settle over the western states heading into Christmas weekend, especially if the West Coast ridge rebuilds further west into the Gulf of Alaska as is currently advertised.
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