Series of storms to bring rain and snow to Steamboat into next week

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— Patience, Northwest Colorado. It’ll be our time soon.

Friday’s storm is on track to drop more snow on southern Colorado and the San Juans than on the Park Range.

Temperatures in Steamboat Springs might keep the storm alternating between rain and snow during the day, according to National Weather Service senior forecaster Chris Cuoco, and Mount Werner and higher elevations could see some accumulation Friday night.

But the real payoff is deeper into the weekend.

Another storm is coming Saturday with a more even distribution across Colorado. Downtown and the ski area have a 30 to 50 percent chance of snow Saturday, and that could increase as the storm moves closer, Cuoco said.

“Starting with the second storm, there’s a lot more energy affecting the north,” Cuoco said.

That energy is helped by the northwesterly flow that most benefits Steamboat, the Park Range and the Flat Tops shifting into place during the second storm.

By Sunday, that flow should be bringing more moisture to Steamboat.

The stage is set, Cuoco said, for “fairly active weather, with every few days getting a storm of some sort.”

Tuesday night into Wednesday could be bringing another storm to western Colorado with a flow that benefits Steamboat.

“From Sunday, it’s just one shot after another,” Cuoco said. “It’s good to have this.”

Indeed.

Thursday's ski report

Steamboat Ski Area opened Storm Peak Express chairlift Thursday. That brings the lift total to six with 38 open trails.

No new snow is reported in the past 24 hours. The midmountain base is 21 inches with 55.75 inches of total snow to date.

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Steamboat skiing: Dec. 11, 2012

Skiers and snowboarders enjoyed fresh snow at Steamboat Ski Area on Tuesday.

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