Sunday, April 19, 2020
After a couple of tenths of an inch precipitation fell yesterday, with rain in town and a couple of inches of snow at the top of Mt. Werner, Steamboat Springs is seeing some sun and more normal temperatures early this Sunday afternoon. We’ll see seasonable weather for the first half of this work week with chances of showers this afternoon and evening and again later Tuesday ahead of a cold storm for Thursday and Friday that brings snow chances back to the Yampa Valley.
The current seasonable weather is expected through midweek, with the possibility of rain showers at lower elevations and snow showers at higher elevations later this afternoon and evening, along with a rumble of thunder, and again later Tuesday thanks to a couple of waves of Pacific energy and moisture traveling over and through a ridge of high pressure in the Gulf of Alaska. High temperatures should be around our average high of 55 F.
Around midweek, another couple of Pacific waves of energy and moisture traveling over that now weakening ridge of high pressure in the Gulf of Alaska are forecast to briefly mix with some cold air originally from the North Pole and bring the chance of snow back to our area for Thursday and Friday. There is uncertainty with the strength of the storm, though modest amounts of 4-8” up top and several inches in town are possible between Thursday morning and Friday night before the storm passes.
A ridge of high pressure tries to build over the West for the weekend for near average temepratures and what is currently looking like a precipitation-free Saturday, though more upstream Pacific energy will bring a small chance of some showers for Sunday and Monday.
A peek at the longer range weather forecast models shows a more substantial ridge of high pressure building over the West for the following work week. If this were to come to pass, we’ll see beautiful warm and sunny spring weather with temperatures likely approaching or even reaching the vaunted seventy degree mark for the first time this year.