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Rain, then warm weather returns to Steamboat

Rain and colder temperatures are expected Tuesday before things start to heat up again quickly.

Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, wrote that a ridge of high pressure in the western United States had flattened allowing a weak cool front to move into northern Colorado on Monday.

"Some storms will also be possible on a cooler Tuesday afternoon as lingering moisture and instability from the front remain over our area," Weissbluth said.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for a high temperature of 76 degrees Tuesday.

The high pressure will begin to build again Wednesday bringing warmer temperatures and possibly an afternoon shower.

"Drier air and hot temperatures invade the Intermountain West for the rest of the work week with meager chances for precipitation," Weissbluth said.

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Temperatures are expected to return to the low 80s by Thursday.

"While we are basking in mid-summer-like weather, a strong and powerful storm approaches the Pacific Northwest coast around Thursday," Weissbluth said. "However, seasonality dictates that the battle between the storm and the ridge will be dominated by the ridge, at least through the weekend. The main effect on our weather will be the appearance of breezy southwest winds ahead of the storm that will make only slow eastward progress through the weekend."

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