Snowfall in town tops 134 inches

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— Season snowfall in the city limits of Steamboat Springs stands at 134.8 inches as of Jan. 31, 54 percent of the 250 inches that has fallen at mid-mountain at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Weather observer Art Judson said this year's snowfall in town compares to 143.4 inches for the same period during winter 2007-08. Judson began counting snowfall Nov. 1 at his weather station on an elevated bench between downtown and the mountain.

Judson said January snowfall in town was 69.3 inches, the equivalent of 5.75 inches of precipitation.

Although this season has seen less town snowfall than last season, the snow contains more moisture. This year's snow has delivered 10.77 inches of precipitation thus far, compared to 9.73 inches as of Jan. 31, 2008.

The announcement last week that the Steamboat Ski Area had topped 100 inches of snowfall at mid-mountain for the second straight month leaves the ski area 45 inches behind last winter's record pace of 295 inches at the end of January.

December 2007 produced 126 inches of snow followed by 129 inches in January 2008 and 104 inches in February. March 2008 dropped off the centennial parade with 79 inches of snow.

December 2008 reached 100 inches of snowfall, and January 2009 came in at 104 inches. That means February would have to see 149 inches of snowfall - the snowiest February since modern record keeping began in 1979-80 - in order to put the mountain back on record pace.

The snowiest month on record was January 1996, when 216.5 inches fell at mid-mountain.

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