Steamboat Springs A strong Pacific storm could bring up to 12 inches of snow to Steamboat Springs by late Monday night.
The National Weather Service's Grand Junction forecast office has issued a snow and blowing snow advisory for Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Craig. The advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. to midnight today.
According to the advisory, snow will develop overnight tonight and will become heavy at times today. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are forecast for Craig, Hayden and Meeker. As much as a foot of snow could fall in the Steamboat Springs area, with higher accumulations possible for the Steamboat Ski Area.
Strong southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph will accompany the storm. Gusts could reach up to 40 mph, causing areas of blowing snow and reduced visibility, according to the National Weather Service. Highway travel could be hazardous during the storm, particularly in open areas.
Meteorologists expect two more significant storms to move through the region this week. The first system could strike Wednesday and Thursday, with a subsequent storm affecting the area Friday night and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
The storms could further boost near-record snow totals for the ski area, which already has recorded more than 100 inches of snow in both December and January. The season-to-date snowfall is listed at 276 inches, according to the ski area.