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Warmer weather returns this weekend as storm system departs

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Steamboat Springs area is currently experiencing temperatures over twenty degrees below our average of 62 F this Thursday afternoon as several storms passing near our area have brought cold air, but very little precipitation. We’ll see the sun on Friday along with warmer temperatures, though they won’t warm to near average until the weekend, at which point lawnmowers around town may be broken out after a long winter to trim the fast-growing grasses. Then, the previous active weather pattern takes a break as warm and mostly sunny weather sticks around for the following work week, along with a chance of typical afternoon showers.

The easterly wind yesterday that was associated with one of the several pieces of this storm system put the kibosh on our precipitation chances as downsloping winds off the Park Range to our east dried the airmass. Another piece of the storm system approaching from the north is currently splitting around our area, and with energy moving to our southwest toward southern California and northeast, we are now left only with clouds, cold air and some light and intermittent showers.

Temperatures will moderate to seasonably cool on Friday, along with the appearance of the sun. The southern California storm is forecast to move across the southern U.S. border by late in the weekend and early next week, too far south of our area to bring any weather to northern Colorado. But we are grazed by a cold and dry system from the north on Saturday, and we may see a shower ahead of that later Friday, with temperatures warming to near average during the day Saturday.

Mother’s Day looks to be a nice one, with plenty of sun and temperatures above average.

And the warm temperatures look to stick around for the rest of the work week as a ridge of high pressure builds over the west. While Sunday and Monday will likely be dry, there will be a chance of some afternoon showers for the rest of the week as any moisture remaining over our area is recirculated underneath the ridge and cooked by the strong-and-getting-stronger May sun.

Longer-term forecasts have pieces of a potent storm over the Bering Sea moving inland around next weekend, and that may restart a period of unsettled weather.

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