A Tranquil Start to October

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On a scale of 1 to 10, Saturday and Sunday should easily score an 8, maybe a 9 as the Colorado Front Range experiences yet another weekend filled will sunshine, mainly dry conditions, and unseasonably mild temperatures. Daytime temperatures will flirt with 65 F with early morning lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Even though it is now early October, it will feel more like mid September – a great opportunity to hike and bike. Nederland as well as much of Colorado and the central and southern Rockies will remain sandwiched between two storm systems, one pushing into the Pacific Northwest and one slowly tracking across the Great Lakes region. These storms will move very slowly over the weekend, but forecast models are indicating that by Monday this ‘blocking’ pattern will begin to break down, with the storm over the Northwest  sliding into Northern Nevada and Utah by Monday and into Wyoming by Tuesday. This is not a favorable storm track for precipitation (rain or snow) for Nederland or the Front Range. However, a cold front will push through Monday afternoon and evening followed by cooler temperatures on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Monday promises to be a windy day as the front approaches and pressure gradients tighten. After the front passes, winds will remain predominantly from the west and strong and gusty, especially on Tuesday.  This will be a weak bora wind event, cooler but relatively gusty winds which blow over the Continental Divide into Nederland and the nearby Foothills towns.  Enjoy the weekend.  Fall in the Rockies is spectacular!

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