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Weather turns warm and dry for the work week

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Rain showers in the Steamboat Springs area started around noon on this Sunday and are expected to persist into the evening, perhaps with a break later this afternoon. Other than a chance for some afternoon or early evening showers on Monday, dry weather is forecast through the work week, along with temperatures likely climbing into the seventies after Tuesday.

The southern end of a storm moving through the northern Rockies is stronger than originally forecast and is currently moving over our area. There is some clearing just entering western Colorado which may move over our area for a time later this afternoon, though short range weather forecast models insist that showers would redevelop and last into this evening.

Another northern Rockies storm will graze our area later Monday and is forecast to deepen over the Midwest later Tuesday. We should see mostly sunny skies on Monday with temperatures five to ten degrees above our average of 57 F, though there will be a chance of a late afternoon or early evening shower as a weak cool front approaches.

The cool front will keep Tuesday a bit cooler than Monday, though dry weather will arrive and persist through the rest of the work week. The big story will be the summery temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday under mostly sunny skies that will likely approach or exceed 70 F for the first time this year.

Another Pacific storm is forecast to travel across the northern Rockies on Friday, and a dry and weak cool front will graze our area and knock temperatures back several degrees.

There is some weather forecast model disagreement on exactly how a broad Pacific storm evolves as it crosses the West Coast late in the work week. While there will likely be some showers at some point during the weekend, it is not clear yet whether those will occur throughout the day or be confined to the afternoons of one or both days.

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