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Early-week cold temperatures and light snow expected

A light dusting of snow covers the slopes Friday near Steamboat Springs. Temperatures are expected to dip Monday night, with several inches of snow forecast to accumulate at midmountain.

— Steamboat Springs residents got a taste of what the rest of the week could be like after snow piled up across town Sunday.

By Monday night, a little more snow accumulation is predicted for the valley floor, but by Tuesday night, temperatures in Steamboat Springs are expected to drop to the lowest the town has seen since late spring.

The temperatures Monday night are expected to be in the high teens and then will plunge even lower.

National Weather Service forecaster Paul Frisbie also said that at about midmountain range, Steamboat residents could expect 10 to 15 inches of snow accumulation by Tuesday morning. The predicted latest dump of fresh snow should bode well for winter sports enthusiasts, especially with Opening Day and Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Scholarship Day coming at the end of the month.

Downtown Steamboat during the next few days could see between 2 and 6 inches of snow, Frisbie said.

During the day Monday, temperature highs should reach only into the 30s, he added.

They are expected to be the lowest temperatures we've seen in months. Average lows for Nov. 4 and 5 are about 21 degrees. The average high temperature for those days is about 47 degrees.

The expected snow accumulation and low temperatures come on the heels of September and October precipitation levels that far exceeded their norms. Twenty-one inches of snow dropped on Steamboat in October, which is near the monthly snowfall average for November.

"You're going to get more snow," Frisbie said Sunday. "It's at the point where it starts to add up. There will be some snow this evening and more Monday night."

Once the early-week freezing temperatures and light snowfall pass through Tuesday, Frisbie said, daytime temperatures will hit a slight climb.

By midweek and through the weekend, "dry and moderating temperatures" should melt the few inches of snow on the valley floor with daytime highs in the upper 40s and low 50s, Frisbie said.

Frisbie added that it's hard to pinpoint what is considered "normal" in Steamboat this time of year. The only certainty, he said, is that temperatures will continue to sink, especially in the latter half of the month.

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