Sunday, February 17, 2002
Steamboat Springs If National Weather Service forecasts are correct, locals may want to wax and tune their skis and snowboards today to prepare for a decent powder day of skiing Tuesday.
A storm coming out of the southwest was forecast to have dusted Routt County this morning and by the end of the day to have left 2 to 4 inches of snow in the city and 3 to 5 inches on the mountain, forecaster Jerry Smith said.
By Tuesday morning, "It's looking like up to a maximum of 8 inches through town and in surrounding mountains," he said.
The storm is expected to have a bigger impact on the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado, dropping as much as 14 inches of snow by Tuesday morning, Smith said.
"It's looking like it will be out in the plains by Wednesday," he said.
For the rest of the week, the weather will be mostly clear with highs in the 30s in Steamboat Springs. Other western portions of Colorado could see temperatures rise to 50 degrees, Smith said.
"It's looking a little more like spring conditions," he said.
Meanwhile, the snowstorm that is supposed to hit today and tonight will move to the Great Lakes area, where it is expected to bring needed winter-like conditions to the Wisconsin and Minnesota areas later in the week.
The northern portions of the nation, particularly in Minnesota, are having a warmer than normal winter, Smith said.