Thursday, October 5, 2023
Skies have finally cleared in Steamboat Springs with temperatures near sixty degrees this Thursday mid afternoon after a cloudy and cool work week. Gorgeous fall weather is on tap for this weekend with mostly sunny skies and warming temperatures that look to last into the start of the next work week.
While we did get the winds and cooler temperatures from the storm earlier in the week, precipitation mostly stayed away from our area even though the surrounding ski resorts did see some snow. I suspect there were some snowflakes flying at the Steamboat Ski Resort when the Yampa Valley received some brief rain showers Monday afternoon and overnight, but unfortunately the mountain webcams were down during the crucial time, and are still down as of this writing.
Currently, a ridge of high pressure is over the West Coast while an impressive trough of low pressure extends from Hudson Bay southward into the Midwest. The end result for our area is a drying atmosphere with breezes from the northwest.
The ridge of high pressure is forecast to move eastward toward the Rockies through the weekend as a series of storms move across the Aleutian Islands and into the Gulf of Alaska. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid sixties on Friday and near seventy degrees for the weekend, which is about five degrees above our average of 64 F.
The ridge is forecast to weaken to start the work week as a storm approaches the West Coast, with another nice day Monday giving way to unsettled weather by later Tuesday and Wednesday. While the wind this past week has taken many of the high elevation leaves off the trees, there is still plenty of color to enjoy at the lower elevations. So be sure to get out and enjoy the beautiful weekend, and I’ll be back with my next regularly scheduled weather narrative on Sunday afternoon to discuss how much precipitation we may expect during the next work week.