Steamboat Springs The snow that began falling on Steamboat Springs on Tuesday night is expected to continue through Saturday, bringing as much as 2 feet of total accumulation to the Yampa Valley, with a significant storm passing through the area tonight and Friday.
A powerful storm system could move into the area tonight and dump between 8 and 18 inches of snow on Steamboat, National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Cuoco said Wednesday.
The storm system also will bring colder weather to Steamboat Springs, with overnight lows dropping as far as 10 below zero Friday and Saturday night, and daytime highs in the teens, Cuoco said.
Saturday will be sunny, but chilly and windy due to cold air moving in behind the storm, with wind chills between 0 and 15 below zero, Cuoco said.
"It'll be cold - people will have to bundle up," Cuoco said.
The Steamboat Ski Area is not expected to open any additional lifts or terrain, despite the possible new snowfall. The ski area is no longer planning to open Pioneer Ridge this weekend, as was previously announced.
The ski area was hoping to open Pioneer Ridge on Saturday or Sunday, before the Christmas crowds arrive, but still needs more snow and is now aiming for next week, ski area spokesman Mike Lane said.
As of Wednesday, the ski area had 10 lifts and 80 trails open to skiers and riders, and was reporting a 28-inch base at mid-mountain.
Snowfall also is possible Sunday, with a 30 percent chance of showers. Skies are expected to clear by Christmas Day on Tuesday.