Mary Lou Fahres and her dog Shasta walk through the rain in downtown Steamboat Springs on Thursday morning. Residents of Steamboat Springs woke up to cooler, wet weather Thursday, a sure sign that fall has arrived in the Yampa Valley.

Photo by John F. Russell

Mary Lou Fahres and her dog Shasta walk through the rain in downtown Steamboat Springs on Thursday morning. Residents of Steamboat Springs woke up to cooler, wet weather Thursday, a sure sign that fall has arrived in the Yampa Valley.

More rain in forecast for Steamboat Springs this week

September surpasses average rainfall total in Steamboat

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Runner Terry Thorp didn't let Thursday morning's wet weather keep her from putting in a few miles on the Yampa River Core Trail.

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Lights from cars traveling through Steamboat Springs are reflected off a wet Lincoln Avenue during a rainstorm Thursday morning. Rain is expected to continue through Saturday in Steamboat.

— September is starting to look a lot like July here in Steamboat Springs — at least in terms of rain.

As of Thursday afternoon, the month-to-date precipitation total in Steamboat was 2.62 inches. September typically sees an average of 1.8 inches of precipitation, according to local weather observer Art Judson.

The 2.62 inches was helped along by 1.18 inches of rain that fell from Wednesday into Thursday morning.

It’s proving to be a roller-coaster kind of summer in Steamboat as far as moisture goes. July was one of the wettest on record, and August was one of the driest on record. July saw 3.68 inches of rain at Judson’s weather station between downtown and the ski mountain, making it the second wettest July on record. August saw just 0.68 inches of rain, compared with the historic average of 1.63 inches. It was the fifth driest August in Steamboat Springs, according to records that date to 1909.

The wet start to September is expected to continue for at least a couple more days.

The National Weather Service’s Grand Junction forecast office predicts a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms through Saturday night. Daytime highs Friday and Saturday will hover in the mid-60s, with overnight lows around 40 degrees. The temperatures will begin to rise Sunday and into early next week. Monday’s forecast high is 71 degrees with mostly sunny skies.

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