Steamboat Springs It looks like winter weather is here to stay, and with the opening of Steamboat Ski Area just 18 days away, resort officials are ready for snow and low temperatures.
Another storm system is expected to hit Steamboat on Saturday and could leave as much as 3 inches of snow in town.
Matthew Aleksa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said Friday that a tropical pressure system was moving through Southern California on Friday night and should arrive in Routt County on Saturday morning.
“There are some strong winds out ahead of this system. Winds look to be ranging from 10 to 20 mph and gusting up to about 25 in the afternoon,” Aleksa said.
Saturday’s forecast high is 31 degrees, and snow should continue into the evening with a low of about 14 Saturday night.
Snow remains likely Sunday with a high near 29 and a 60 percent chance of precipitation.
Aleksa said the system will break up Sunday evening shortly before a weaker system rolls through the area.
Overnight lows will remain in the teens and single digits through next week, which should help with snow-making operations as the ski area inches closer to Opening Day.
“The cold temperatures and the moisture in the air create an ideal situation for us to continue our snowmaking efforts,” ski area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said Friday. “We will continue our snowmaking efforts as long as Mother Nature allows us, and we’re hoping that we can get our guns roaring.”
Kasten said the ski area has been making snow most nights since snowmaking operations began for the season Oct. 26. She said temperature inversions have created some trouble for snowmaking crews and that the guns were not running Thursday night.
Aleksa said the Park and Gore mountain ranges could see 4 to 8 inches of snow, and the Flat Tops could see 8 to 16 inches.