After weekend rainfall, dry weather is coming back to Routt County |

After weekend rainfall, dry weather is coming back to Routt County

Rays of sun shine on a barn in West Routt County near the Yampa Valley Regional Airport after a rainstorm Friday.
Eleanor C. Hasenbeck

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — After a weekend of rain, dry weather will return to Routt County this week.

Weather stations around the county reported receiving between 0.24 to 0.86 inches of precipitation since 7 a.m. Thursday, according to data from the Community Collaborative Rain, Snow and Hail Network.

The most reported rainfall was in South Routt. Stations near Oak Creek and Yampa reported receiving more than 0.7 inches of rainfall. Stations near Clark and Steamboat Springs reported between 0.2 and 0.5 inches of rainfall.

Historically, Steamboat has received an average of 1.6 inches of rain in August.

The National Weather Service expects highs in the mid-80s in Steamboat this week, with evening lows in the mid-40s. Clear, sunny skies are forecasted through Thursday.

Routt County residents can expect light to moderate haze in the area as smoke blows in from wildfires in Northern California and eastern Utah, said Scott Stearns, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. There is a chance it could clear out by the end of the week, he added, though it is difficult for forecasters to predict how much haze will be in an area beyond a couple days.

Cool air flowing south from Alaska could introduce storms sometime around the weekend, according to Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs

“The fall-like Gulf of Alaska storm will be reinforced by some cool air traveling southward across Alaska near the end of the work week, and weather forecast models disagree on the evolution of the storm through next weekend,” Weissbluth wrote. This storm could make a ridge of high pressure on the West Coast move eastward sometime by the end of next weekend or during the next work week. “When the ridge eventually moves eastward, we will likely see moisture increase again in the southerly flow along the western periphery of the ridge, which would bring the possibility of showers back to our area.”

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email or follow her on Twitter, @elHasenbeck.

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