Sunday, July 29, 2018
An approaching cool front to the north of the Steamboat Springs area has increased the southwest winds today, likely transporting smoke from nearby wildfires over our area this Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, the front will be dry, so after a breezy afternoon today and a cool start to Monday morning, temperatures will return to above average by Tuesday.
An incoming Pacific storm that will stay to our north as it progresses eastward this week will first amplify the persistent southwestern ridge of high pressure, bringing above average temperatures back to most of the west during the work week. The southwestern ridge of high pressure will then be forced eastward by the Pacific storm midweek, and the southerly flow behind the ridge will bring some increased subtropical moisture typical of the Southwestern Monsoon over Colorado starting around Wednesday or Thursday.
At this point, the moisture looks to be sparse over northern Colorado, so we’ll see only a small chance of afternoon storms for the end of the work week.
The Pacific storm is forecast to make landfall in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday, and around Friday and Saturday we may see some breezy winds as the cool front associated with the storm skirts to our north. There may be a chance of some afternoon storms around next weekend, but nothing appears significant at this time.
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