El Niño weather pattern taking shape | SteamboatToday.com

El Niño weather pattern taking shape

— After a week of persistent snowfall, snow remains in the forecast, but the early part of January could be dry.

Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, wrote that temperatures will be very cold today before the air begins to warm Sunday at higher elevations.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for a high temperature today of 11 degrees, and the overnight low will be -15 degrees.

Sunday, the high temperature is expected to reach 12 degrees, but with clearing skies, it will likely be warmer at higher elevations.

“Monday should stay sunny with pleasant mountain temperatures before a series of weak storms interact and threaten the area with light snow for Tuesday,” Weissbluth wrote. “These storms will drag some more cold air over the region that may be reinforced by another weak storm around Thursday.”

Long range, Weissbluth expects a typical El Niño ridge to build in the west that could divert stormy weather from the Colorado region.

“We can see good snow in Colorado from this setup, but it takes some luck,” said Joel Gratz, who posts his forecasts on opensnow.com.

Gratz is calling for dry conditions for the first four to seven days of January.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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