More rain expected in Steamboat Springs |

More rain expected in Steamboat Springs

— Steamboat Springs didn’t record a drop of rain Wednesday through Saturday.

But monsoonal moisture is expected to return to the Yampa Valley in full force this week.

“It seems like we’ll be seeing storms pretty much every day through this week into the weekend,” said Matthew Aleksa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

He said the storms are forecast to produce heavy rain, frequent lightning and gusty winds in the afternoon hours.

He added that Monday and Tuesday carry the best chances for rain along with the weekend. High temperatures for the week are predicted to be in the 80s.

Steamboat has received 2.54 inches of precipitation so far this month, according to the Weather Service.

The total is well above the historic average of 1.61 inches the city has received in July.

And the Yampa River was flowing above 90 cubic feet per second Sunday afternoon, a flow just healthy enough for tubing.

Despite recent rainfall, stringent fire bans remain in effect, and lightning has been blamed for several fires ignited in recent days in Routt County. Firefighters have been able to extinguish them before they spread.

On Tuesday, officials from across northern Colorado will discuss whether to uphold Stage 2 fire restrictions in Routt and other neighboring counties.

Local fire chiefs, including North Routt Fire Protection Chief Bob Reilly, have said in recent days that the rainfall has done little to dampen the fire danger so far.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email

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