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Powerful winter storm heading to Steamboat

Brent Boyer

— Another powerful winter storm is pushing its way toward Steamboat Springs today with the potential to drop more than a foot of snow in town by Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Steamboat Springs and vicinity. The warning went into effect at noon today and will continue until 6 a.m. Wednesday. The heaviest snowfall is expected to take place tonight and into Tuesday morning.

Total storm accumulations are expected to be in the range of 8 to 16 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Strong winds will accompany the storm, with sustained southwesterly winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph today and tonight. Those winds are expected to intensify Tuesday morning, with gusts of 60 to 70 mph.

Today's high is expected to reach 48 degrees, but a cold front pushing into the region will drop tonight's low to 23. Four to 8 inches of snow are expected tonight, with another 3 to 7 inches during the day Tuesday and another inch on Tuesday night.

Sunny, clear skies will return to the area Thursday and into closing weekend at the Steamboat Ski Area. Highs late in the week and weekend could reach into the mid-50s.

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