Showers, but no snow, expected in Steamboat for the week |

Showers, but no snow, expected in Steamboat for the week

— An “impressive” spring storm that hit Steamboat over the weekend tapers off Monday, though cool Canadian air and moisture will continue to drag over the area, according to a weekend forecast from SnowAlarm.

“The persistent snow from this storm system will be replaced with showers (Sunday) afternoon and Monday as moist and cool northwest flow remains over our area,” SnowAlarm meteorologist Mike Weissbluth said in a Saturday forecast. “Showers midweek should turn to more persistent precipitation as the relatively warm Pacific air interacts with the cool Canadian air.”

Forecasters with the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office are predicting rainfall Monday, with rain showers and the possibility of a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

“There’s some lingering moisture in the area,” said Ellen Heffernan, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

Heffernan said the showers in the first half of the week could be mixed perception of sleet or graupel, but snow levels would remain high and any snowfall was unlikely in the second half of the week.

“You could have mixed precipitation, but temperatures will be warming,” Heffernan said. “The snow level is expected to be relatively high because this late week system is coming out of the southwest.”

Temperatures Monday are forecast to be in the upper 40s, with an evening low of 25.

On Tuesday, temperatures will rise, with a high of 56 degrees and an overnight low of 27.

Temperatures are forecast to continue rising later in the week, with highs in the upper 50s on Wednesday and Thursday and a high of 54 on Friday. Overnight low temperatures will be in the upper 20s.

New waves of wet weather are forecast to cross over the northern West Coast and bring more precipitation this weekend, according to Weissbluth’s forecast.

“Drier weather will return only briefly as more Pacific energy crashes into the West Coast around May Day,” Weissbluth said.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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