Weather Service predicts early spring runoff

Still, March was colder than normal

— Though sunny spring time weather has definitely arrived in the Yampa Valley, with temperatures going above 50 degrees for the second time in two weeks this weekend, March numbers show that the month was colder than average.
An unseasonable cold snap in early and mid March saw both high and low temperatures well below average, National Weather Service forecaster Gary Chancy said.
Preliminary numbers from Day Weather Inc. show an average high temperature between March 1 and March 30 of 33.5 degrees, and an average low temperature of 11.3 degrees.
According to National Weather Service's data recorded over the last 92 years, the average high over that same period is 42 degrees, with an average low of 13.4.
Chancy said the National Weather Service hasn't calculated its official counts of the month, but he said he expected its calculations to show the same drop.
Although statistics indicate March being a colder than average month, temperatures in late-March show highs and lows higher than the daily averages, which could set up the valley for its third consecutive early spring runoff season.
"It's kind of shaping up that way," Chancy said. "I don't see much in the way of precipitation either."
Chancy said there isn't any precipitation forecasted for the Steamboat Springs area for this week.

To reach Doug Crowl call 871-4204 or e-mail dcrowl@steamboatpilot.com.

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