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Sunny skies through the week before weekend weather hits

Cows graze Saturday in South Routt County.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The cold has arrived in the Yampa Valley, and many are hoping it is just a matter of time before the big snowfalls arrive.

Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, thinks it might be on the way.

This week, high pressure will bring sunny skies and chilly starts to the days with temperatures in the single digits and teens, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Weissbluth expects a change in the weather pattern around Saturday after a storm approaching from the Pacific Ocean encounters the high-pressure ridge.

"It is not yet clear how much of the Pacific storm will survive the battle with the ridge, but some clouds and snow showers are currently advertised for next weekend," Weissbluth said.

Following the unsettled weather for the coming weekend, he is optimistic about a much stronger storm that will move over California during the middle of the following week.

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"While forecasts generally become far more uncertain after about a week, there is agreement that this storm will mix with some cold air from Canada," Weissbluth said. "This may allow wintry weather to settle over the western states heading into Christmas weekend, especially if the West Coast ridge rebuilds further west into the Gulf of Alaska as is currently advertised."

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