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Haze moves out, drier weather moving in

— After a soggy Thursday, mostly clear skies are expected to return to the Yampa Valley Friday.

Steamboat-based meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, wrote that monsoonal moisture from the south was responsible for Thursday’s storms. That flow was expected to be cut off after Thursday’s storms passed.

The chance of afternoon thunderstorms returns Sunday afternoon as a large storm currently off the West Coast is deflected by a persistent western ridge.

“This storm will drag a very weak cool front through the area later Sunday, and combined with the increasing moisture from southwest flow ahead of the storm, should contribute to a much greater chance of storms Sunday afternoon,” Weissbluth said.

Chances of afternoon thunderstorms continue Monday with the possibility of thunderstorms decreasing throughout the workweek.

“Another similar storm is forecast to be off the West Coast around midweek, and current model solutions again have the storm deflecting the western ridge and dragging a weak cool from across the region around the end of the next work week,” Weissbluth said. “As is forecast to happen this Sunday, the chance of afternoon showers should increase again sometime during Labor Day weekend.”

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According to Wildfire Today, areas of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana are now in the center of the worst smoke, which is drifting into Canada and dipping into parts of the Midwest.

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