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Late-November temperatures close to record highs in Steamboat

Saturday's sunset as seen from Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — With a mid-afternoon temperature of 60 degrees Sunday at Steamboat Springs Airport, Yampa Valley residents were walking around in T-shirts and soaking up the sun.

The record high temperature for the same date was set in 1995 at 61 degrees.

"Above normal temperatures have been sticking around here for awhile," said Dennis Phillips, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

The average high temperature for Nov. 26 is 34 degrees.

The National Weather Service high-temperature prediction for Sunday was 56 degrees. On Monday, it was expected to be 57 degrees, which is three degrees lower than the highest-recorded temperature of 60 degrees in 1914.

Change is on the horizon though.

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According to Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, a quick-moving storm will arrive with a cold front Monday afternoon or evening.

"Clouds and southwest winds will increase on Monday before snow showers begin and last through the night, with 1 to 4 inches of snow expected for the Tuesday morning snow report," Weissbluth wrote in his Sunday report.

Unsettled weather will continue into the week.

It will be sunny Tuesday but much cooler, with a forecasted high temperature of 41 degrees.

Weissbluth said another 1 to 4 inches of snow was expected at the ski area Wednesday evening through Thursday morning.

The weather is then expected to dry out from Thursday through Saturday with above-average temperatures.

Weissbluth said there is a chance for warm and unsettled weather this weekend.

"The track of this West Coast storm will play a large part in our weather for the next work week, with a cold and snowy period just as likely as a warmer and drier period at this point in the forecast," Weissbluth said.

Snowmakers who work overnight at Steamboat Ski Area should get some help this week.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-20s Monday and Tuesday night and then drop down to 16 degrees Wednesday night.

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