Forecast for Friday race day shows chance of rain

Friday will be warm with storms possible in Steamboat

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— Friday’s forecast for the finish of Stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge calls for slightly cooler temperatures, but there’s still a chance for afternoon thunderstorms while the racers make their way from Avon to downtown Steamboat Springs.

Expect a high temperature in the low to mid-80s Friday, which will be a bit of a relief from Thursday’s highs in the upper 80s. Typical of summer in the Colorado Rockies, there’s a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms after noon. However, winds should remain mostly calm for the 120-plus professional cyclists making their way north on Colorado Highway 131.

The riders are anticipated to finish sometime around 3:30 p.m. Friday. A podium ceremony will take place immediately after the race finish, followed by the start of a Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series performance at 5:30 p.m. at Howelsen Hill.

The chance of thunderstorms is expected to diminish as the afternoon and evening wear on, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight’s low temperature will be 53 degrees. It will be even cooler over Rabbit Ears Pass, where many race spectators are expected to be camping in anticipation of Saturday’s Stage 5 climb out of town.

The weather forecast offers more of the same Saturday for the start of Stage 5 from the mountain area. Saturday’s high temperature is forecast at 82 degrees. There’s a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, though the Pro Cycling Challenge riders will be out of Steamboat Springs by noon and heading toward Breckenridge via U.S. Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 9. Saturday night’s low temperature is expected to reach 52 degrees.

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