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Several cool fronts in time for the weekend

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Pacific storm currently crossing the West Coast will drag several cool fronts through the Steamboat Springs area starting Friday as the storm passes mostly north of our area this weekend. We’ll see cooler temperatures closer to normal, the possibility of showers later Saturday and continued gusty winds before hot temperatures return for the start of the Independence Day week.

After another hot day with gusty afternoon winds on this Thursday, a couple of dry cool fronts arriving early and late in the day Friday will knock temperatures back a bit, along with continued gusty winds.

Saturday is starting to look more interesting as the last cool front is now trending stronger in the American weather forecast models, after the same models showed a weakening trend earlier in the week. Furthermore, today is the first day that they show some moisture with the cool front, leading to a fairly uncertain forecast for later Saturday. While gusty winds are advertised by all the models, a stronger and wetter cool front would lead to at least the chance of Saturday afternoon and evening storms, with some possibly strong, and cooler afternoon temperatures.

If the front comes in on the stronger side later Saturday, then Sunday will start on the cool side, though all models have decreased winds and seasonably warm temperatures by the end of the day.

Temperatures will increase on Monday and become hot again by Tuesday as a ridge of high pressure that is forecast to move towards the East Coast elongates back westward across the country. There does seem to be some moisture that is transported northward into Colorado along the western periphery of the ridge starting around Independence Day, and this may be a signal that the Southwestern Monsoon is starting. However the moisture is sparse and little more than clouds and a small possibility of light showers is currently indicated for the end of the work week.

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