Much-needed rain arrives in Steamboat, other Colorado communities |

Much-needed rain arrives in Steamboat, other Colorado communities

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Colorado got some much-needed rain during the weekend that helped keep wildfires in check, and more moisture is in the forecast.

The rain amounts in the Steamboat Springs area ranged from 0.16 inches to 0.38 inches by Sunday morning.

There was a report of 0.04 inches in Yampa and 0.20 inches in Clark. Measuring stations in Oak Creek measured 0.39 inches and 0.46 inches.

In Southwest Colorado, the Durango area saw more than an inch of rain during the weekend.

This has helped slow the nearby 416 Fire, which has burned 34,161 acres and is now 25-percent contained. The rain did not put the fire out.

Rain has also helped at the Badger Creek Fire on the Wyoming border. The fire has burned 20,088 acres and is now 62-percent contained.

Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs, is calling for moisture again Wednesday.

“Temperatures will be knocked back and the chance of storms will return during the day Wednesday and overnight, with some of them possibly strong and capable of producing locally heavy rainfall and small hail,” Weissbluth wrote.

Afternoon thunderstorms are then possible Friday and Saturday ahead of another storm. Weissbluth said there are good chances of rain and cooler temperatures Sunday.

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

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