Snow to pound Steamboat through Tuesday morning

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— Widespread snow is expected to fall throughout Routt County today and into Tuesday morning. By the time the storm leaves the area about midday Tuesday, there could be a foot of snow in downtown Steamboat and between 1 and 2 feet of new snow at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas are under a winter weather advisory until 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The heaviest snow is expected to fall tonight and into Tuesday morning, although snowfall has already been heavy in Steamboat today.

The winds will pick up as the storm settles into the area, with westerly gusts of 5 to 15 mph. Visibility will be less than 1 mile.

Today’s high temperature is expected to reach 33 degrees, with overnight low of 14 degrees. Tuesday’s high will reach only 21 degrees, with an overnight low of minus 12 degrees. Wednesday will be even colder, with a daytime high of 8 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The Steamboat Ski Area has received 6 inches of snow since the mountain closed Sunday.

A number of accidents and vehicle slide-offs have been reported around the county today. Be wary of hazardous driving conditions.

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