More snow is in the forecast for Steamboat
National Weather Service predicts up to 3 feet through today
January 17, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Another storm rolled into Steamboat Springs on Sunday and forecasters are predicting as much as 3 feet of snow by the time it's finished.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory and hazardous weather outlook for the Upper Yampa River Basin, including Steamboat Springs. It's effective until 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Chris Cuoco, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's office in Grand Junction, said snow could fall continuously until then. But he said the highest snow accumulation will be today and this afternoon, including 1 to 2 feet on Mount Werner and surrounding mountains.
"The highest elevations, west slopes, may get as much as 3 feet from this," Cuoco said.
That's on track with a prediction from Joel Gatz, a meteorologist who operates http://www.coloradopowderforecast.com. Gatz told the Steamboat Today last week that the ski area could see between 19 and 33 inches by tonight.
A feature on his website called "Keep Me Honest" follows up on whether his forecasts were accurate. For this season's 10 storms, Gatz nailed his prediction for Steamboat five times. Being right half the time may not seem that accurate, but of the five predictions he missed, Steamboat actually got more snow than what he forecast three times.
Cuoco said this storm could leave 6 to 10 inches in town.
Skiers and riders should expect to deal with blowing snow on Mount Werner, especially in exposed areas, Cuoco said. He said there could be 20 to 30 mile per hour winds, with gusts reaching 40 to 45 mph.
He added that winds in town are expected to be 10 to 20 mph, with gusts that could reach 30 mph.
Cuoco said temperatures are going to be mild. He said today's high should be in the low- to mid-30s, with lows around 15 degrees tonight. He said Tuesday's low should be 10 degrees.
Cuoco said the storm system should dissipate Tuesday night before another storm system moves into the area Wednesday.
"It's a decent storm, comparable to this one," Cuoco said. But he added, "there's a lot of time for that to change before it gets here."