Heyden Roberts makes a quick exit from the slide pool Tuesday afternoon at Old Town Hot Springs. Roberts, who was visiting from Littleton, was part of a large crowd hoping to escape Steamboat’s chilly temperatures in the naturally heated waters of the pool. The forecast calls for snow starting tonight.

Photo by John F. Russell

Heyden Roberts makes a quick exit from the slide pool Tuesday afternoon at Old Town Hot Springs. Roberts, who was visiting from Littleton, was part of a large crowd hoping to escape Steamboat’s chilly temperatures in the naturally heated waters of the pool. The forecast calls for snow starting tonight.

Storm expected to leave 10 to 20 inches of snow in Steamboat

Storm expected to roll in Wednesday, leave 10 to 20 inches of powder

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City crews work to remove piles of snow from in front of the senior apartments at Seventh and Pine streets in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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— A cold front expected to hit Steamboat Springs tonight is forecast to leave behind 10 to 20 inches of snow, or more, at elevations higher than 7,500 feet, according to the National Weather Service’s office in Grand Junction.

The agency has issued a winter storm warning for the mountains of western Colorado from 6 a.m. today through 6 p.m. Friday.

Meteorologist Chris Cuoco said Mount Werner’s west-facing slopes could see snow in excess of 20 inches. And unlike the most recent storm system that left behind several feet of wet, heavy snow on the mountain, he said this storm should result in powder.

“The snow is going to be drier and, as a result, accumulate more,” he said. “It won’t be as heavy, and it won’t settle as much.”

Cuoco said lower elevations in town could see 6 to 10 inches of snowfall. He said snow is expected to start falling tonight with the most accumulation expected Thursday.

The incoming storm is good news for the thousands of visitors who have arrived in Steamboat this week.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said 99.5 percent of the ski area’s terrain is open.

“Everything is open except for Maverick’s Superpipe,” Lane said, referring to the halfpipe in Bashor Bowl.

Yampa Valley Regional Air­port Manager Dave Ruppel said the weeks surrounding the Christmas and New Year’s holidays have been the airport’s busiest in recent years.

With the incoming storm, Ruppel said snow removal crews are on call and ready to keep the runways clear for travelers.

“We always have crews scheduled for every night,” he said. “If it’s a big storm, we’ll call everybody in. They’ll work until the snow stops or until we don’t have any more planes coming in.”

Ruppel said the East Coast blizzard canceled two flights Monday but all flights Tues­day arrived as scheduled.

He said flights at 91 percent capacity brought in 986 passengers and 877 departed Tues­­day.

Cuoco said the cold front today is expected to bring frigid weather. He said today’s highs will be around freezing with lows overnight in the teens.

Thursday’s highs are expected to be in the teens with overnight lows dipping below zero. He said the high Friday wouldn’t exceed single digits, and the low Saturday morning could be 15 below zero.

Winds are expected to be 25 to 35 miles per hour at Steamboat Ski Area and 10 to 20 mph in town today through Friday.

Comments

Troy Kuhl 3 years, 7 months ago

I sure hope we get 10-20" but the national weather out of Grand Junction never hits it. A few weeks ago the predicted 4'-6' and we got maybe 10". You need to check the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, they are way more accurate for Steamboat forecast. They say 4"-6" and a quick moving storm. We will keep our fingers crossed, we need the snow. Happy New Year.

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seeuski 3 years, 7 months ago

Uh, the storm last week left quite a bit more than 10" when it was all said and done. I'll take it after last season.

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Bill Dalzell 3 years, 7 months ago

Come on monzaski35 at least get the facts straight. I agree the national weather service gets the forecast wrong quite a bit. This is especially true when the forecast involves a southwest flow. But we got close to 3 feet in the five or six days that they predicted. Furthermore the avalanche information center predicted the same amount. Lastly the avalanche information center says 5-8 today 5-8 tonight and 3-6 tomorrow. Whether we get the brunt or not, definitely remains to be seen, but what part of "While this storm will not bring an apocalyptic 80 inches, favored locations will end up with several feet of new snow." indicates to you that they are saying this is a fast moving storm.

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