Nice start to the weekend followed by increasing shower chances

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-sixties are over the Steamboat Springs area early this Thursday afternoon. The weekend should start out on the drier side with temperatures warming a bit before shower chances increase to finish the weekend and start the next work week.

A fairly complicated weather pattern is over the U.S., especially for early June, as several areas of low pressure are forecast to interact with a ridge of high pressure currently over the northern Rockies that is anchored between two expansive low pressure areas centered near the Aleutian Islands and the Northeast.

There are two areas of low pressure that will affect us starting the second half of the weekend, with the first slowly moving northward through Nevada and the second moving southward through the Canadian Plains. At first, drier air from the southwest ahead of the Nevada low will keep things on the dry side for Friday with temperatures approaching our average of 74 F.

A similar day is forecast for Saturday, with a slight chance of afternoon and evening storms as that storm from the Canadian Plains moves south along the eastern side of the ridge of high pressure and grazes our area later in the day.

More active weather with a better chance of afternoon and evening storms is forecast for Sunday as energy ejects out of the Aleutian low pressure area and approaches the West Coast, keeping the Nevada low moving north while part of it shears out east toward our area.

Meanwhile, that ejecting piece of energy approaches Baja and forms an eddy that moves inland. It currently looks like that eddy will first move into the Desert Southwest late in the weekend and then across the Great Basin early in the work week. That means more good chances for showers to start the work week.

My travel plans are still in flux, and it is likely my regularly scheduled weather narrative will be published sometime on Monday. Until then, enjoy the drier start to the weekend.

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17 June 2018

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