Next round of snow headed to Steamboat this afternoon
February 29, 2012
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Ski Area picked up 7 inches of snow during Tuesday's day-long storm. A brief break in the precipitation today will give way to more of the white stuff beginning tonight.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the city of Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas effective from 5 p.m. this afternoon to 9 a.m. Friday.
"A moist Pacific storm will move across the Great Basin today and into Western Colorado tonight and Thursday," the advisory reads. "Cold temperatures in place combined with increasing moisture and favorable orographic winds will result in another round of heavy snow for most mountain areas tonight through Friday.
"The valleys of Northwest and Central Colorado also will receive moderate amounts of snow through Thursday night."
The heaviest snow is expected to fall Thursday, with total storm accumulations in the city of Steamboat ranging from 5 to 10 inches. Winds of 15 to 25 mph will accompany the storm. Gusts could reach 45 mph.
A winter storm warning is in effect for the Elkhead and Park mountain ranges, including Mount Werner and the ski area. Snow totals at higher elevations could reach 8 to 16 inches from the approaching storm, according to the National Weather Service.
The avalanche danger remains "high" in the Steamboat area for all north-, northeast- and east-facing slopes, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The danger is "considerable" for all other aspects. The Avalanche Information Center is forecasting 7 to 13 inches of snow through Thursday for the mountains around Steamboat.