Storms expected to continue

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Steamboat resident Ruth Furbush relaxes and enjoys the warmth of the hot pool at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation facility in downtown Steamboat Springs on Sunday.

— Skiers and snowboarders should smile.

Based on several weather readings from the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, Steamboat's about to embark on a fairly moist spring.

After receiving more than 20 inches of snow on the mountain between Friday and Saturday, senior forecaster Chris Cuoco said the moisture - while maybe not as substantial as this weekend's storm - should continue throughout the rest of the week and into next week.

"There's a jet stream running right over the top of the area," Cuoco said. "It will bring moderate to strong winds that will cause storms."

Cuoco said Sunday night should bring 4 to 8 inches of snow to the mountain with slightly less forecasted for town. Things should clear up Monday before a new storm comes in on Tuesday that lasts for the better part of the week.

Between Tuesday and Thursday Cuoco said Steamboat could get up to a foot of snow. Friday should see light snow accumulations with a bigger storm moving in on Sunday.

"We're entering one of the more moist periods," Cuoco said. "It's a time where we could see some kind of moisture almost every day."

The weather is from a westerly flow of air Cuoco said traditionally brings heavy storms and consistent moisture to the area.

Although the forecast called for an El Nino-like effect - a relatively dry winter and wet spring - in Steamboat this year, Cuoco said it's too early to tell if that's what is happening.

"I can't say what we're seeing now is related to that," Cuoco said. "That's something that gets decided after the fact."

Despite the storm predictions for the rest of the week, Cuoco said temperatures should remain relatively normal for the season.

"It will be about normal," he said. "This storm is not bringing in cold or warm air."

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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