Snow to hit by weekend

Latest Ski Corp. report: 35 inches at mid-mountain

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— Wednesday and the coming weekend could be the best bets on catching a powder day of skiing as inches of snow-base on the ski resort is creeping up.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service was looking at a couple of weather systems off the West Coast expected to hit the Yampa Valley this week.

The closest one should move to the southwestern part of the country today and then push north, hitting the southern portion of Colorado first, National Weather Service meteorologist Norvan Larson said.

The Steamboat Springs area will be in a southwest flow until late today.

"That is typically not very good for Steamboat," Larson said.

But the storm will push in on Tuesday from the south and combine with a northerly flowing system to provide some precipitation. By Wednesday morning, four to eight inches are expected to have fallen in higher elevations of Routt County, Larson said.

After that, things may be a little dry until the weekend, when a storm that was over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday may hit Northwest Colorado.

"It's looking pretty vigorous at this time," said Ellen Hefferman, journey forecaster for the National Weather Service.

That storm also is expected to hit the southern portions of the Rocky Mountains before it makes it to Northwest Colorado. However, she wouldn't venture on estimating how much snow the system could drop this early but said it was expected to snow most of Saturday and Sunday.

The new accumulations will add to a pretty decent base on the ski mountain. On Sunday, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. reported it had 35 inches of snow at mid-mountain and 43 inches at the summit. There are 104 trails open with 2,054 acres of skiing serviced by 10 lifts.

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