June precip is less than one-third of average in Steamboat Springs, but relief is in the forecast

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— June precipitation in Steamboat Springs through Thursday was less than a third of normal for the month, but there’s a chance a cold front moving through the region Friday will make up some of the deficit.

“An uncharacteristically strong storm for mid-summer (was headed Steamboat’s way from) Nevada and will sweep a cold front through our area (Thursday night) and early Friday,” Steamboat Springs-based meteorologist Mike Weissbluth predicted. “Temperatures will be knocked below average (Friday) and showers will likely occur during most of the day, becoming stronger by the afternoon and early evening as any surface heating combines with cooling aloft to destabilize the atmosphere.”

The official weather observer for Steamboat had reported just a half-inch of rain this month as of Thursday compared to the June average for the entire month of 1.77 inches. Most of that fell June 9 when 0.41 inches was recorded. Three other rain events were measured in hundredths of an inch.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction was predicting a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high temperature of 70 degrees on Friday. The chance of thunderstorms drops to 30 percent Friday night when the temperature is expected to drop to 41.

Mostly sunny skies return to the valley Saturday through Monday.

Weissbluth, who publishes the Web page www.snowalarm.com, sees some agreement among weather models suggesting an early July monsoonal flow from the southwest could work its way under the prevailing ridge of high pressure and deliver rain during the July Fourth holiday weekend.

Weather Service meteorologist Ellen Heffernan confirmed in a long range forecast that a tropical disturbance off the coast of Mexico right now offers a better source of moisture for Western Colorado late next week.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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