Highs in the 70s headed into Memorial Day weekend | SteamboatToday.com

Highs in the 70s headed into Memorial Day weekend

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Following a weekend of unsettled weather, the Yampa Valley will usher in Memorial Day weekend with high temperatures in the 70s, as well as some chances for rain.

Weather observers in the Steamboat Springs area reported receiving up to half an inch of a rain in the 24-hour period ending Sunday morning. One observer, further south, about five miles east of Oak Creek, reported 1.29 inches of rain, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network.

“The storm that produced the unsettled weather for Steamboat Springs this weekend is now east of our area, but another Pacific storm is currently sliding down the West Coast and will eventually take up residence in the Great Basin for the first half of the work week,” wrote Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who posts local forecasts at snowalarm.com. “Southwest flow ahead of the storm to our west will bring some warmer and drier air into at least the northwestern corner of Colorado on Monday, likely keeping us warm and dry, even as there is a better chance of afternoon and evening storms to our south.”

Weissbluth said rain is likely Tuesday afternoon and evening as energy and moisture is kicked out from the Great Basin area.

“The storm to our west is forecast to weaken as it moves northeast through the Great Basin by midweek, and we should see dry and warm southwest flow for Wednesday and Thursday as the storm initially passes to our northwest,” he said.

Weissbluth said the winds will start to come from the northwest on Friday, which will likely produce sun during the mornings, followed by the chance for afternoon and evening storms through Memorial Day weekend.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for temperatures to reach 79 degrees Saturday and Sunday.

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

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