Steamboat Springs Many Steamboat Springs residents woke up to a half-foot of fresh snow or more this morning - and it's not expected to let up until late Saturday.
A snow advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday for the city of Steamboat Springs. According to the National Weather Service, 6 to 13 inches of snow is expected by Saturday evening. But given the area's snow totals through this morning, it's likely the accumulation will reach the top end of the forecasted totals.
The National Weather Service issued a heavy snow warning this morning for Rabbit Ears Pass and the Rabbit Ears Range, in addition to much of the central and northern Colorado Rockies.
The warning, in effect until 11 p.m. tonight, forecasts moderate to heavy snow with additional accumulations of 8 to 16 inches by Saturday morning. The National Weather Service recommends that anyone planning to travel by car through the region today and tonight be prepared with warm clothing as well as food and water.
Today's snowfall should be accompanied by relatively mild temperatures, with highs in the 30s, but temperatures will dip Saturday to a high of 27 and an overnight low of 8 degrees.
The storm may give the Steamboat Ski Area the snowfall boost it needs to open Storm Peak for the season. The ski area reported 9 inches of new snow at 9 a.m. this morning, boosting the mid-mountain base to 28 inches.
Steamboat Ski Area officials say they are working to open lifts and trails on Storm Peak. With the opening of the gondola and the 4 Points lift Wednesday, the ski area now has six lifts open and 32 trails accessible.
Exactly when the mountain will be able to open more trails will be entirely dependent on snowfall and colder snowmaking temperatures, and the ski area still needs more of both, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said.
"We're keeping our on eye on moving to Storm Peak," Lane said Thursday. "Hopefully with the snow that's coming in that will allow us to head that direction."
The next significant storm system in Steamboat Springs will probably hit late next week, Ludington said.
Other ski area totals from around the state, as reported by Colorado Ski Country:
- Arapahoe Basin, 9 inches
- Aspen Mountain, 14 inches
- Beaver Creek, 8 inches
- Breckenridge, 7 inches
- Copper Mountain, 8 inches
- Crested Butte, 20 inches
- Keystone, 9 inches
- Loveland, 8 inches
- Snowmass, 14 inches
- Telluride, 4 inches
- Vail, 10 inches
- Winter Park, 10 inches