Best chance of wetting rains on Wednesday and Thursday

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The dominant ridge of high pressure over most of the country will keep the hot temperatures around in Steamboat Springs through Monday and part of Tuesday before a good chance of wetting rains and cooler temperatures arrives midweek. Then, along with the return of hot temperatures heading into next weekend, the chances for showers will again decrease.

But first, similar to yesterday, this Sunday will have a chance of afternoon and evening showers as some moisture remains trapped under the western portion of the ridge. Precipitation chances diminish on Monday and possibly Tuesday as the ridge and its associated trapped moisture is pushed eastward by a Pacific storm forecast to cross the Pacific Northwest coast Monday night.

Though the storm is forecast to travel well to our north along the Canadian border, a weak cool front passing through northern Colorado may allow for the possibility of some showers later Tuesday and overnight.

By Wednesday, the weak cool front looks to conspire with a wave of energy moving westward from the southern Mississippi Valley along the southern periphery of the ridge, and bring cooler temperatures closer to average for Wednesday and Thursday along with a good chance of wetting rains.

The cooler temperatures for midweek will warm starting Friday and the weekend as drier air is advertised by some weather forecast models to follow behind the departing cool front. Unfortunately, this also looks to minimize any chances for further precipitation, though subtle changes in the forecast ridge position may allow for some chances during the weekend.

For those not visiting the SnowAlarm site regularly, I’d like to also draw your attention to some added functionality on the home page which shows the past three days of temperature, relative humidity and wind from the Bob Adams airport here in Steamboat Springs, as well as some other surrounding stations. Refer to my last blog post for more details and a way to view your favorite locations.

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