Snow finally back in Steamboat forecast

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— Forecasters are predicting a storm Saturday could bring 3 to 5 inches of much-needed snow to mid-mountain at Steamboat Ski Area and as much as 10 inches up top.

“Obviously, we’re looking forward to this weekend’s storm because just a couple inches of snow can really make a world of difference,” Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Renwick expected snow would start falling by 3 p.m. Saturday and would fall the hardest at about 8 p.m. He predicted the storm would last five to eight hours.

“It’s going to be really similar to the systems we’ve been having,” Renwick said.

He predicted 2 inches of snow might accumulate in the city, where the high temperature Saturday is expected to be 34 degrees.

“It always depends on temperatures,” Renwick said.

Saturday’s storm should bring the most snow to Colorado’s northern and central mountains.

Dry weather in recent weeks can be attributed to a ridge of high pressure that has stalled over the western part of the United States.

“It’s just not moving,” Renwick said.

He said looking to Jan. 16, the ridge of high pressure is expected to be even more pronounced.

Renwick said this has resulted in storm systems that have not produced the snowfall that Colorado ski resorts are accustomed to. That’s because the storms are coming over Canada instead of the Pacific Ocean, where they would be able to pick up more moisture.

After Saturday’s storm, Renwick said the next chance of snow is Wednesday. Early predictions show that storm could produce 2 to 3 inches of snow.

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

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