Sunny skies return for the weekend

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Temperatures in the mid-fifties and partly sunny skies are over the Steamboat Springs area early this Thursday afternoon, with high temperatures today expected to be around sixty degrees. The temperatures will slowly warm through the weekend along with diminishing shower chances, with warm temperatures and sunny skies expected to start the new work week.

The storm that produced the eddy of low pressure currently over the Four Corners was responsible for moving out the previous eddy in the same area. This previous eddy produced good rainfall over the Yampa Valley as it moved near our area Tuesday night with around of inch of precipitation in town and an inch of snowfall at the top of Sunshine Peak by Wednesday morning, as noted by the recently recommissioned Steamboat Powdercam.

Unfortunately, the current eddy formed as a result of an incoming storm splitting more than I originally forecast in the last Sunday weather narrative, which meant the best cold air and storm energy missed our area. Temperatures will stay near the sixty degree mark today, which is five degrees below our average of 65 F, as an incoming Pacific storm makes landfall near Vancouver.

The Four Corners eddy moves very little until later Friday, but weakens, which means we’ll see more sun and some warming on Friday with high temperatures closer to average, with only a slight chance of some weak afternoon storms due to the remaining moisture.

While the bulk of the Vancouver storm is forecast to be in Montana early in the weekend, a small part shears to the southwest on Friday and ends up leaving an eddy off the West Coast that may be a player in our weather for the next work week. Coincidentally, the storm is forecast to kick the Four Corners eddy eastward across the Oklahoma Panhandle by Friday night, but the storm will too far south to affect our area.

Modest further warming is forecast for the weekend with lots of sun and hardly any shower chances, with high temperatures possibly breaching the seventy degree mark by Monday as a ridge of high pressure builds overhead.

Enjoy what is sure to be another very nice weekend, and be sure to check back Sunday afternoon for my next regularly scheduled weather narrative where I’ll have a better idea of whether that West Coat eddy affects our area around midweek.

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7 May 2021

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