Wet weather dominates week ahead for Steamboat Springs

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— Thunderstorms and showers dominate the forecast for Steamboat Springs this week.

A hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service predicts wet weather with a chance for hail through Thursday.

"The well advertised and very productive spring precipitation pattern looks to continue through this entire week, further bolstering the water in the snowpack and mitigating drought concerns," Steamboat-based meteorologist Mike Weissbluth wrote in an email Sunday.

A cold start to spring delayed the Yampa River's runoff, and its 716 cubic feet per second flow Monday morning still is below the 1,180 cfs median for the river where it runs beneath the Fifth Street Bridge.

Showers should continue Tuesday afternoon, Weissbluth stated, and Wednesday and Thursday look to produce showers during most of day. He wrote that a departing wave Friday could lead to afternoon showers to start the weekend.

"A cold front from a grazing wave that stays to our north will sweep through the area near the beginning of the weekend, providing a last wave of precipitation before warmer and drier weather begins," he wrote.

The high temperatures for the week should be in the high 50s and into the 60s with overnight lows hovering around the mid-30s, according to the National Weather Service.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

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