Steamboat Springs fisherman Dan Brabec takes advantage of Friday's mild weather to hang out on the banks of the Yampa River downtown. A storm is expected to bring cooler weather and snow to the area this weekend.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs fisherman Dan Brabec takes advantage of Friday's mild weather to hang out on the banks of the Yampa River downtown. A storm is expected to bring cooler weather and snow to the area this weekend.

1 more winter storm expected before Steamboat Ski Area opening

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— A fast-moving storm heading into the area is expected to deliver some last-minute snow to help usher in the opening of Steamboat Ski Area on Wednesday.

A forecaster working for the ski area predicts 7 inches of snow will fall at 9,000 feet Saturday with 1 to 3 more inches Sunday. At 7,000 feet, the ski area’s forecast calls for 4 inches of snow Saturday and 1 to 3 inches Sunday.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for 3 or 4 inches of snow in the valley.

Meteorologist Paul Frisbie said the snow showers could linger through the weekend and that there would be periods of strong winds.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for surrounding mountains, including the Park Range. The advisory is in place through 6 p.m. Saturday. Southwest winds are forecast to be 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts of up to 45 miles per hour. The winds are expected to diminish by this afternoon. Drivers are urged to be careful as the winds are expected to create blowing and drifting snow.

Overnight lows through the weekend are expected to be in the low 20s and drop into the teens during the first part of next week. The cool weather should aid snowmaking efforts at the ski area, which opens Wednesday for Scholarship Day. Season passes are not valid for the annual fundraiser that benefits the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

The ski area is expected to announce early next week the cost of Scholarship Day lift tickets and what terrain will be open. Season pass holders can begin using their passes on Thanksgiving.

Weather conditions are expected to be dry during the week with another storm entering Northwest Colorado on Friday.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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