Cooler weather, possibly snow in this week's forecast

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— The partly sunny skies and a high temperature in the low 60s Wednesday soon will be replaced by cooler weather and an increasing chance of rain, and possibly even snow, later in the week.

Steamboat Springs residents can expect a high temperature of 62 degrees Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction forecast office. There’s a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Wednesday, increasing to 50 percent Wednesday night. The overnight low will dip to 38 degrees.

Rain is even likelier Thursday, when the thermometer will get to only 59 degrees. But the real excitement could come Thursday night, when a low temperature of 28 degrees will be joined with a 70 percent chance of precipitation. Whether it takes the form of rain, snow or both remains to be seen.

Friday’s high temperature will top out at a seasonally chilly 45 degrees, with Friday’s overnight low dropping to 27 degrees. There’s a 30 percent chance of precipitation Friday and Saturday, with the very real possibility of snow mixed with rain, according to the National Weather Service.

The Columbus Day weekend does show some signs of promise, however. The precipitation should begin to give way Sunday, with a high temperature creeping up to 54 degrees. Monday’s early forecast is for sunny skies and a high of 60. The same goes for Tuesday.

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