Saturday, February 1, 2003
Steamboat Springs If you've been pressing glass for slush this past week, take heart. Mount Werner could see a foot of snow today.
"I hesitate to say for sure," meteorologist Norvan Larson said from the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. "I'm a little uncertain what will happen because it is so warm right now."
Initially, the snow will be mixed with rain and there will be no accumulation, Larson said, but as colder air moves in, heavy snowfall will come with it.
"I'm optimistic," Larson said. "We sure could use it."
The snow is headed this way with moisture from the Pacific Ocean, but as it gets closer, it has been slowing down and losing moisture.
"It is a very unstable system," he said. "I'm not sure how long the moisture will stay with it."
The snow, if it comes, will leave up to 6 inches during the day and continue into the night with another 2 to 5 inches, Larson said.
The moisture and the colder temperatures come after the third-warmest January on record.
"It's not uncommon to have a warm spell in January," Larson said, "but this has been a very unusual month."
Around Steamboat, regular temperatures in the 30s and 40s have melted much of the snow in town and created an early spring feeling.
Crocuses pushed through the ground in front of Wells Fargo Bank on Lincoln Avenue and green grass edges the sidewalks instead of the usual scoria and ice piles.
This week, it will feel more like winter, Larson said.
Highs through Wednesday aren't forecast to go above the mid- to upper 20s, he said.