Steamboat Springs A strong Pacific storm could provide the moisture needed to break the Steamboat Ski Area's all-time season snowfall record.
Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas are under a heavy snow warning from 6 p.m. today to 6 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Snow began to fall in downtown Steamboat shortly after the noon hour, and it's expected to increase in intensity as the afternoon wears on.
The National Weather Service forecasts snowfall totals of 10 to 14 inches in Steamboat. According to the weather service, a heavy snow warning means "severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must (travel), keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle."
The Steamboat Ski Area has received 438 inches of snow this season. The single season snowfall record on Mount Werner is 447.75 inches, set in the winter of 1996-97. This season represents only the sixth time the ski area has surpassed the 400-inch mark since the ski area began recording snowfall totals.
The ski area is hosting the NASTAR National Championships this weekend, which are expected to bring more than 1,100 skiers to the mountain. The event kicks off this afternoon with opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. in Gondola Square. The band Rusted Root performs a free concert at 7 p.m. in Gondola Square. A fireworks show begins at 8:30 p.m. at the base of the ski area. Everyone can attend tonight's free events.