Winter storm warning canceled; advisory remains in effect |

Winter storm warning canceled; advisory remains in effect

Pilot & Today staff

This satellite image from the National Weather Service shows signifiant storms systems converging on Colorado from both the north and the west. A winter storm warning is in effect for Steamboat from noon Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday.

— The National Weather Service had backed off a winter storm warning for Steamboat Springs this weekend, replacing it with a winter weather advisory that calls for less snow and milder winds.

The new advisory is in effect from 3 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday and includes Steamboat, Hayden and Craig. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches are possible in Steamboat and Clark, with lesser amounts in Hayden and Craig.

Winds of 15 to 25 mph are expected to accompany the storm, but they're not expected to be as severe as the 50 mph gusts and blizzard conditions initially predicted for the area. However, the National Weather Service continues to warn motorists of the possibility for treacherous travel conditions on highways throughout the region.

Saturday's forecast high is 43 degrees, with an 80 percent chance of rain and snow. Precipitation will become all snow Saturday afternoon and evening, with an overnight low of 22 degrees. There is an 80 percent chance of snow Sunday, with a daytime high of 40 degrees. The snow will leave the region Sunday afternoon and evening and give way to partly sunny skies Monday with a high of 41 degrees.

The winter storm warning had called for 8 to 16 inches of snow in Steamboat, but meteorologists said their weather forecast models revealed changes to the storm's dynamics that would result in less severe weather than was initially anticipated.

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