Steamboat area could see thunderstorms through Tuesday
July 29, 2013
Steamboat Springs — A flash flood watch was issued Monday morning for a large swath of Colorado and Utah that could see heavy rain into Tuesday.
"That's because we're going to have spotty areas that do get heavy showers," said Paul Frisbee, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
It's hard to predict where the localized showers will hit, Frisbee said.
"Right now we're forecasting 50 percent chance of rain in Steamboat," he said.
"They could be here and there," Frisbee said about showers in Steamboat. "They tend to be hit and miss, but they can cause significant problems."
Steamboat Springs' rainfall already is trending above average for July.
As of Monday morning, Steamboat weather observer Art Judson had recorded 1.97 inches of precipitation for the month, which is almost 30 percent higher than average. The average for July is 1.52 inches.
Much of the month's rainfall came during a single storm July 13, which set a record for the date at the National Weather Service's official station in Steamboat.
In general terms, Frisbee said, this July has been wetter than average, but it's been drier in northern parts of the state.
Conditions in Steamboat look to dry out by Wednesday, but the forecast indicates a storm is possible in the Flat Tops or over the Continental Divide.
Monsoon conditions are set to return to Steamboat by the end of the week, according to Frisbee.
Recent rainfall helped boost flows in the Yampa River, which crested at 145 cubic feet per second early Monday morning. The Colorado Water Trust also has started releasing water it leased from Stagecoach Reservoir to help with flows.
Steamboat will see high temperatures drop into the high 70s through Tuesday before climbing back into the 80s by Wednesday. Clear skies Wednesday and Thursday night should keep lows in the mid-40s.
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