Rain a sign of winter

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— The storm that pushed through Steamboat Springs on Sunday and was expected to continue through today likely will not cause snow in town.

But, with snow expected to fall at higher elevations, the storm shows a transition into the fall and winter weather pattern, said Norv Larson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

On Sunday morning, snow was falling in the mountains near Steamboat, Larson said. Snow was expected to continue for elevations above 8,000 feet through Sunday and today for an accumulation of 6 to 12 inches.

Steamboat Springs was exp?--ected to receive only light to moderate rain during that time because of above-freezing temperatures, Larson said. The temperature was forecast to top out in the 40s.

Clouds sho?--uld remain into Tuesday, with drier weather expected after the storm moves out.

The storm started in the Pacific Ocean and moved in from the west on Saturday, dropping prefrontal rain showers. It strengthened as it moved in, allowing it to linger.

"It's going to slowly move out," Larson said.

The storm was forecast to move closer to Denver on Sunday night, dropping as much as 12 inches of snow through the night and into today east of the Continental Divide, Larson said.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail scunningham@steamboatpilot.com

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