Mild temperatures haunt fright night in Routt County

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— A frosty treat? There could be frost on the jack-o-lantern Thursday morning, but then again, maybe not.

The National Weather Service is forecasting that Steamboat Springs could reach a spookily high temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday under clear skies before sinking overnight to a low of 30 degrees.

It all adds up to unseasonably mild conditions for trick-or-treaters. The National Climate Center reports that the average daily high for Oct. 31 in Steamboat Springs is 50 degrees, and the average overnight low is 22 degrees.

The Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service is reporting that the ridge of high pressure over the upper Yampa Valley should strengthen Wednesday, producing a possible high temperature of 65 on Thursday before temperatures retreat into the mid fifties Friday through Sunday.

Meteorologist Joel Gratz who specializes in forecasting snowstorms for the website Open Snow, reported Wednesday that he sees a chance for a quick-hitting but weak storm to fly over Northern Colorado on Friday and Friday night. It has a chance to produce snow showers that could announce to an inch or two of accumulation at the highest elevations, Gratz wrote.

Although a new storm front was entering the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, the Weather Service does not foresee any precipitation here through Election Day, Nov. 6.

Looking further out, Gratz sees a chance for a more significant snow producer on or about Nov. 9, when a cold and snowy storm is expected to hit the West. Gratz qualified his tentative prediction, noting that computer models that look that far out often change, and there is no clear sense of where that storm will head.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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