Thursday, January 22, 2009
Steamboat Springs The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas. Between 8 and 14 inches of snow could fall in town by Sunday morning.
The warning is in effect from midnight Friday until 11 a.m. Sunday. The forecast calls for snow beginning tonight, but rain and sleet began falling from the skies over Steamboat late this afternoon.
The heaviest snow is expected to fall Friday afternoon and evening, according to the warning. Rain could mix with the snow during the daytime hours Friday and Saturday, when high temperatures are expected to hover in the low to mid-30s. Overnight lows will be in the mid-20s tonight and Friday, and in the upper teens Saturday and Sunday.
The forecast calls for more significant snow accumulation at higher elevations, including Rabbit Ears Pass and the slopes of Mount Werner, where between 10 and 18 inches of snow are expected by Sunday morning. The snow will be a welcome sight at the Steamboat Ski Area, which has enjoyed sunny days but no precipitation over the past week.
The storm system is expected to create hazardous driving conditions, particularly over mountain passes. However, numerous car accidents were being reported in and around Steamboat Springs this evening.