Steamboat Springs Mount Werner and parts of Steamboat Ski Area are under a winter storm warning from noon today until 3 p.m. Saturday for a storm system expected to hit the higher elevations hardest while also dropping between 4 and 8 inches of snow in town.
National Weather Service meteorologist Paul Frisbie said the storm is expected to shroud the upper reaches of Mount Werner in clouds through Saturday. The weather service upped the total possible accumulation for the mountain to 10 to 15 inches. Strong winds are expected to accompany the storm, he said.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory this morning for the city of Steamboat Springs. A total of 4 to 8 inches could fall in city limits, with the heaviest snow falling this evening.
Today’s high temperature in Steamboat is forecast at 36 degrees, with an overnight low of 21. Saturday’s high is expected to hover around the freezing mark, with an overnight low Saturday of 13 degrees.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche watch for areas of Northwest Colorado including the Park, Elk Head, Gore, Flat Tops and Rabbit Ears Pass mountain ranges and areas.
The avalanche watch states: "An avalanche watch means that dangerous avalanche conditions are possible in the near future. If forecast snow materializes, large natural and human-triggered avalanches will be likely Saturday in the watch area. Backcountry travelers should monitor weather and avalanche forecasts. Carry avalanche rescue equipment and avoid steep slopes."
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center's Steamboat zone page provides additional information for backcountry users.
Season Passholder Appreciation Week details
Steamboat Ski Area is offering a week of deals for 2010-11 season-pass holders. The week begins Monday and continues through Dec. 19.
■ Monday: Wine and cheese reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at Steamboat Ski & Sport pro shop; hot cider and cookies from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sweet Mountain Tees
■ Tuesday: Early ski day. Gondola will open 30 minutes early for all season-pass holders.
■ Wednesday: Sample espresso drinks and croissants with Billy Kidd and other ski area executives from 9 to 10 a.m. at Thunderhead Red’s at the top of the gondola.
■ Thursday: Rent one, get one free ski rentals. Call 970-871-5375. Also, 30 percent off private lessons (Thursday only).
■ Friday: Two-for-one breakfast at The Cabin in The Steamboat Grand; two-for-one dinner at the Western BBQ; two-for-one appetizers at Hazie’s.
■ Saturday: Two for one dinner at The Cabin and Ragnar’s; two for one appetizers at Hazie’s.
■ Sunday: All-day happy hour at Bear River Bar & Grill; complementary appetizers from 3 to 6 p.m.
■ Other: Visit www.steamboat.com/passholders for a list of other deals being offered.