Sunshine ushers in weekend for Steamboat

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— Matt Stensland

PILOT & TODAY STAFF

Steamboat Springs

The evidence of last week’s snow will continue to melt away on Storm Peak as above-normal temperatures and dry weather prolong the fall season in Northwest Colorado.

“All the way through the following week, we stay under high pressure and dry conditions,” said Chris Cuoco, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Record-breaking temperatures are forecast for areas west of Routt County while high temperatures through the weekend here are expected to be in the mid-60s with sunny skies. It should be ideal weather for hiking and biking through fall foliage in the Rocky Mountains.

Cuoco said a weak storm system will deliver “a glancing blow” to Northwest Colorado on Sunday night, but temperatures are not expected to drop below freezing.

“It still will not be cold enough to get snow in Steamboat proper,” Cuoco said.

The skies will clear again Monday night as a high-pressure system settles over the area and brings a return of above-normal temperatures, clear skies and dry conditions. The high-pressure system is not expected to move east until the end of next weekend, when we might see a more typical fall weather pattern, Cuoco said.

For powder hounds who can’t wait for the ski season, winter activities are just a couple hours away. Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin have begun their ski seasons, as has the Wolf Creek Ski Area in southern Colorado.

Arapahoe Basin has a terrain park open and was reporting an 18-inch base on one intermediate trail accessed by a single lift. Adult lift tickets are $59.

Loveland also is reporting an 18-inch base on three beginner trails accessed by a single lift. Adult lift tickets there are $47.

Steamboat’s weekend events include a trail workday sponsored by Routt County Riders from 9 am. to noon today. Volunteers should meet at the bottom of Blackmer Drive in the Fairview neighborhood.

With Halloween just more than two weeks away, Old Town Hot Springs hosts its fifth annual Pumpkin Float from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The South Routt Great Pumpkin Carve-off is at 1 p.m. Sunday in The Oak Restaurant’s parking lot in Oak Creek. The all-ages event is free and pumpkins will be provided, but people should bring their own carving tools.

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

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