Showers could bring more relief to Yampa River flows

— The Yampa River has responded positively to the mix of rain and snow that fell over the upper Yampa Valley on Saturday and Sunday, but flows in the town stretch of the river still are well below the average for the date.

Steamboat Springs weather observer Art Judson reported a two-day storm total of 0.71 inches of precipitation, the most since a two-day storm July 6 and 7, when 0.76 inches of rain fell.

The next chance of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service, was expected Tuesday night with a 30 percent chance of showers in the midst of gusty winds. The overnight low was expected to reach 28 degrees.

Some of the snow that fell above 9,500 feet during the weekend still was lingering on Storm Peak and in Christmas Tree Bowl at Steamboat Ski Area on Tuesday morning. October snow on Mount Werner typically feeds the little creeks that in turn feed Burgess Creek, a tributary of the Yampa.

The river jumped 20 cubic feet per second Saturday to 80 cfs where it flows beneath the Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Steamboat. However, the median flow for this date is 120 cfs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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