March staying true to 2012 form with temperatures in the 70s Saturday |

March staying true to 2012 form with temperatures in the 70s Saturday

Pilot & Today staff

Bike mechanic Darius Gallagher, right, and owner Chris Johns work on bikes Thursday afternoon inside Wheels Bike Shop on Yampa Street. A recent string of warm, spring-like weather has boosted business at local bike shops and has many people in Steamboat Springs thinking about getting back outside.

— A warm, dry March will stay true to that theme until the very end, with Saturday's high temperature expected to approach 70 degrees.

The final two days of the month will see temperatures in the 60s and mostly sunny skies. Today's high of 67 degrees will increase to 72 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight lows will be in the mid- to upper 20s.

The shift Sunday to April also will bring a slight shift in the weather, with temperatures expected to drop into the low 50s. The National Weather Service is calling for a chance of rain and snow Sunday. However, the extended forecast predicts temperatures will rise back into the 60s by the middle of next week.

There still are a little more than two weeks remaining in the 2011-12 ski season, but the balmy conditions that have prevailed throughout the past several weeks have many residents already thinking about summer. Calls to most Steamboat Springs bicycle shops this week reveal a two-week wait on service appointments.

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