System moves through area

NWS forecasts colder temperatures over next few days


— It's typical for Steamboat Springs to see unsettling, frigid temperatures during January and February, but March 1 showed gusty winds, some snow showers and temperatures in the 20s.

Jim Pringle, National Weather Service meteorologist in Grand Junction, said the camera pointed northwest in Steamboat was covered with snow Friday, deeming him unable to see the current weather conditions.

"We put a camera on top of city hall but it's obscured with snow plaster. But it looks like it's totally cloudy," Pringle said.

The Steamboat Ski Area report Friday stated it had one-half inch of new snow at mid-mountain with a temperature of 8 degrees and only a trace of snow at the summit with a temperature of zero degrees. Winds came out of the northwest at 3 to 5 mph at mid-mountain.

"It's snowing in the 'Boat," switchboard Kent reported.

Just before 8 a.m. Friday, Pringle said he contacted the Colorado State Patrol dispatch and the Federal Aviation Administration radar to find out that 4 inches had fallen on Rabbit Ears Pass, 8 inches on Buffalo Pass and 3 to 6 inches into the Meeker area.

"The forecast for your area is colder. That's the key word through the next few days," Pringle said.

The daytime high temperatures today probably will be in the teens.

Pringle said as the weather system moves into the plains, the clouds will part slightly and Steamboat could see temperatures drop to between 10 and 20 degrees below zero. In the normally colder spots, it could be as low as 25 degrees below zero.

When Sunday rolls around, the skies will be partly cloudy with temperatures reaching into the upper teens to mid-20s.

"The pattern is such that it will be dry Monday before other weather systems from the Pacific roll in Tuesday through Thursday," Pringle said. "But they won't amount to very much."


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