Photo by John F. Russell
Commuters in Steamboat Springs were greeted by blue sky and mild weather Wednesday morning. An approaching storm front is expected to bring rain and snow to much of the Colorado Rockies.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Steamboat Springs The first snowfall of the season is in the forecast tonight for the Colorado Rockies, but Steamboat Springs likely will be spared.
The National Weather Service expects snow levels to drop to 9,000 feet in areas of southwest and central Colorado, and it has issued a winter weather advisory for portions of those mountainous areas from 9 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. Thursday.
“Enough snow will fall and accumulate to affect roads over some of the high mountain passes, particularly Independence and Monarch passes as well as Vail and the passes of the San Juans,” reads the National Weather Service’s forecast discussion for the state. “Above 10,000 feet (we) believe accumulations will range from 2 to 6 inches, with higher amounts above 12,000 feet.”
It might not get cold enough in Routt County to see snow anywhere other than the highest area mountain peaks. Today’s forecast is a high of 70 degrees with an overnight low of 40 degrees. There’s a 30 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms today and a 40 percent chance of rain showers tonight.
The forecast is much the same for Thursday, with an expected high of 65 degrees and an overnight low of 39 degrees. The chance of precipitation remains at 30 percent.