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More snow in forecast for Steamboat

Mike Lawrence

— Steamboat Ski Area was reporting a 2-foot base and 46 inches of total snowfall Sunday, after a weekend of precipitation in Steamboat Springs that bolstered snow totals less than 10 days from opening day on Mount Werner.

A meteorologist at the Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service said snowfall was expected to pick up again this morning and continue through Tuesday.

"Over the next about 24 to 36 hours, we're expecting another 6 to 12 inches in the mountains … and in town, maybe in the 2- to 5-inch range over the next 36 hours," meteorologist Jeff Colton said Sunday afternoon. "It's definitely going to keep snowing."

The Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Northwest Colorado on Sunday, but Colton said the snow's light consistency did not present unusually hazardous conditions.

Sgt. Scott Elliott, of Colorado State Patrol, and Sgt. Kurtis Luster, of the Routt County Sheriff's Office, each said late Sunday afternoon that despite the weather, no significant injuries occurred in vehicle slide-offs or accidents during the weekend.

"We were pretty surprised," Elliott said about State Patrol's relatively quiet weekend.

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Steamboat Ski Area opens Nov. 24, a week from Wednes­day, with the annual Scholarship Day to benefit the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's scholarship fund.

Local weather watcher Art Judson said he recorded more than 3 inches of new snow Sunday morning at his home between downtown Steamboat and Mount Werner. Measuring new snow has been a typical occurrence for Judson during the past week.

"We've had six straight days of snowfall," he said.

A federal weather-measuring station on Buffalo Pass recorded a snow depth of 40 inches Sunday, a figure that Judson called higher than average. But he said it's too early in November to cast predictions about the month, which he noted can turn on a dime when it comes to weather.

"It's a nice little start, but we have to wait and see if it doesn't turn off suddenly," Judson said about the region's snowfall. "It can do that."

Colton said this winter's La Niña weather patterns should bring consistent snow to Steam­boat, with repeated periods of light snowfall during several days likely through the end of 2010.

"It should be a fairly good season up there, at least early on," Colton said.

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