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A rare quiet weather week ahead

Thursday, March 14, 2019

After the Steamboat Ski Area reported 8” at mid-mountain and 17” up top on the Thursday morning ski report, with most of that occurring during the day yesterday, cold air behind Colorado’s near-record storm has kept high temperatures almost 15 F below our normal of 41 F in Steamboat Springs this afternoon. That will change starting on Friday as a ridge of high pressure builds over the West and brings lots of sun and warmer temperatures closer to average to the Steamboat Springs area for most of the following week.

But first, a trailing wave of energy will bring another surge of cold air in tonight, leading to a chilly start to Friday morning with low temperatures also around 15 F below our average low of 17 F. The sun will return, though, warming temperatures from Thursday but still staying below our average.

Saturday will start cold again, though not quite as cold as Friday morning, with temperatures warming near average.

Hard-to-time weak waves of energy and moisture moving either over the top, through, or under the building ridge of high pressure over the West will bring periods of clouds over the following week. The best moisture and even a chance of showers is possible for our area on Tuesday, though there is disagreement between the weather forecast models as to whether that will happen.

Meanwhile, a strong storm forms in the still-active Pacific jet stream and forces the western ridge of high pressure eastward, likely bringing our warmest temperatures of the week on Wednesday as the ridge passes over the Continental Divide. This storm is currently forecast to cross the West Coast on Wednesday and begin making its way across the Great Basin on Thursday. Significant moisture is once again forecast with this relatively warm storm, and our area should see increasing clouds in southwest flow early on Thursday followed by showers later in the day.

Precipitation is expected to last into Friday with this storm and may continue into the weekend as weather forecast models advertise a quickly-following second Pacific storm moving across our region.

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