Photo by Matt Stensland
Semitrailers navigate snow on Shield Drive on Tuesday morning on the west side of Steamboat Springs.
Updated February 28, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.
Steamboat Springs It’s shaping up to be a snowy week in Steamboat Springs.
Snow dominates the daily forecast through Friday, with sunny skies Wednesday being the lone exception, according to the five-day forecast from the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction forecast office.
Snow is likely to continue intermittently today and tonight, accompanied by gutsy winds up to 40 mph. Most of the snow should give way to clearing after 11 p.m. tonight.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for Mount Werner and other higher-elevation areas of Routt County today. The advisory, which expires at midnight, calls for possible snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches. Reduced visibility is expected to make traveling over mountain passes dangerous.
The Steamboat Ski Area already has picked up 5 inches of snow since 5 a.m. this morning.
Wednesday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 37 degrees. However, snow moves back into the area Wednesday night and Thursday. The chance of snow remains in the forecast through Friday.
An avalanche watch is in effect for most of Colorado’s high country, including the Steamboat area. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says human-triggered and natural avalanches are increasingly likely today. The danger is considered "high" for much of the Steamboat zone, particularly the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, where backcountry travel is not recommended.