Steamboat’s high temperatures could crest in mid 70s for the weekend |

Steamboat’s high temperatures could crest in mid 70s for the weekend

Cooling trend arrives late in week

Steamboat Pilot & Today

— Yampa Valley residents finding the long run of hot, dry weather a little monotonous could get their wish by week’s end.

Local meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who focuses his forecasts on Steamboat Springs, sees a little arctic air in the forecast, but not to worry, your tomatoes aren’t likely to freeze.

“Some cool air from the North Pole will break away from the Polar Votex and travel southwards across western Canada, bringing an unseasonably cool airmass southward in several pieces,” Weissbluth predicted on Monday. “The first minor front is timed for late Thursday,” when Steamboat could have a chance of wetting rains.

A stronger chance for cooler air arrives Friday as a wave from the north-northwest drags in some energy from the Great Basin with the potential for strong storms particularly late in the day.

The National Weather Service rates the chance of showers in the upper Yampa River Basin at 30 percent today, easing back to 20 percent Friday and Saturday.

Saturday could be noticeably cooler. After an overnight low of 42 degrees Friday into Saturday, the first day of the weekend promises to be mostly sunny with a high of 75 degrees. Sunday’s high is forecast to be 74, but the weather warms up again by Tuesday with a high of 79.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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