July rainfall total in Steamboat at more than 3 inches

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— The rain that fell over Steamboat Springs on Friday night into Saturday pushed the city’s July precipitation total at more than 3 inches.

The 3.05 inches Steamboat measured so far this month is nearly double the city’s historic average of 1.61 inches of rain for July.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for more heavy thunderstorms in the Yampa Valley on Monday and Tuesday.

“We’ll see much of the same kind of activity” that we did last week, Weather Service forecaster Norv Larson said.

But he said dry, warm weather could return to the area in time for the weekend.

The Yampa River, bolstered by the recent storms and continued release of water from Stagecoach Reservoir, was flowing at 117 cubic feet per second under the Fifth Street Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The recent abundance of rainfall also has spurred some Northwest Colorado fire officials to call for easing the Stage 2 fire restrictions that have been in place in Routt County since late last month.

Fire restrictions already have been downgraded to Stage 1 on Routt National Forest land because of the increased moisture.

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday will consider easing the fire restrictions for unincorporated parts of the county.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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