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Unsettled weather ending by the weekend for a short time

Thursday, December 6, 2018

A storm currently affecting the southwestern U.S. this Thursday afternoon has also produced some intermittent snow showers over the Steamboat Springs area the past few days. These are expected to continue through tonight and into Friday morning with only an inch or two of additional snow expected before drying grudgingly occurs over northern Colorado later Friday and heading into the weekend. The sun will then return for several days before we see increasing chances for snow starting around later Tuesday.

Some cool air from the northern latitudes is forecast to brush northern Colorado early Saturday and Sunday and may combine with trapped moisture on Saturday to produce some clouds and possibly an isolated snow shower.

The moisture is forecast to be mostly gone by Sunday for a nice day before a transient ridge moves over the west early in the work week, bringing the sunniest day on Monday with notable higher-elevation warming. Temperatures in the Yampa Valley are expected to be seasonable near our average low of 7 F and average high of 30 F.

Our next weather maker is advertised for later Tuesday when a storm from the Gulf of Alaska splits as it crosses the West Coast on Monday. The forecast is uncertain as it is not clear how much energy is partitioned into the northern and southern ends of the split, but some amount of energy will cross northern Colorado starting around Tuesday afternoon and lasting through Tuesday night.

A deeper and possibly much colder trailing wave is forecast for later Wednesday into Thursday that will likely produce more snow than the preceding wave, though amounts for both systems are quite uncertain at this time. Drier and eventually warmer weather is currently forecast heading into the following weekend.

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