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Steamboat area to see cold snap at start of week

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Residents will want to make sure their furnaces are in good working order because it is supposed to get very cold Sunday night.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction was calling for a high temperature of 32 degrees during the day Sunday with a 20 percent chance of snow. Two to five inches of snow is expected in the mountains.

The low temperature on Sunday night is expected to drop down to 12 degrees.

It will be another cool day Monday with a high of 37 degrees and an overnight low of 18 degrees. Warming is expected to begin Tuesday with sunny skies and a high temperature of 50 degrees.

The cold air was expected to begin rolling into the region Saturday night as a wave of Pacific energy moved over a ridge of high pressure off the West Coast and mixed with some cold western Canadian air, according to Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com.

"Snowfall will taper off through the day, but will be followed by an even colder blast of dry air Sunday night into Monday morning, with low temperatures possibly falling into the single digits to start the work week," Weissbluth wrote. "It will take some time for temperatures to recover after Monday’s very cold start, but the ridge of high pressure off the West Coast is forecast to move inland early in the work week, and this will bring warming temperatures closer to, but still below, normal, starting Tuesday and lasting through the following weekend."

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