A Colorado Department of Transportation plow clears U.S. Highway 40 on Thursday afternoon. Forecasters were calling for a winter storm to bring snow to the area beginning Thursday evening. Although the storm brought little accumulation to the ski area, another storm is forecast to bring more snow this weekend.

Photo by John F. Russell

A Colorado Department of Transportation plow clears U.S. Highway 40 on Thursday afternoon. Forecasters were calling for a winter storm to bring snow to the area beginning Thursday evening. Although the storm brought little accumulation to the ski area, another storm is forecast to bring more snow this weekend.

Forecaster: ‘It's going to dump’

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— Snow, snow and more snow. That’s what the weather experts are forecasting for the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs this weekend.

One forecaster is calling for 10 to 15 inches of snow to fall at the ski area overnight Saturday.

Of course, forecasts in the past have not delivered the anticipated results. That may be the case with the most recent storm, the forecast of which was calling for 8 to 16 inches of snow on Mount Werner and the surrounding mountains by Friday morning. The ski area saw 2 inches of new snow at the summit by Thursday morning and little additional accumulation was expected overnight Thursday.

“We were expecting a little bit more snow than what we received,” said Paul Frisbie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. “The next storm that’s coming in looks much more promising. Colorado may very well take a direct hit from the storm that’s coming in this weekend.”

During the day Friday, the National Weather Service is predicting 1 to 2 inches of snow in the city.

“Keep your fingers crossed for Saturday night and Sunday,” Frisbie said.”It may not really let up until sundown Sunday.”

He said it was too early to say how much snow might fall.

Meteorologist Joel Gratz, creator of the website www.opensnow.com, is predicting 10 to 15 inches of snow overnight Saturday at the ski area.

“In short, it’s going to dump on Saturday night,” Gratz wrote. “Get up early on Sunday, grab your latte, your breakfast bagel, some tunes, and go get in line early. This will be a first chair that could provide memories that last a season (or at least until the next storm).”

For the early part of next week, Frisbie said the storm track is expected to retreat to the north, but that may be temporary.

“You get a couple days that you can enjoy that snow that has fallen,” he said.

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

Comments

rhys jones 2 years, 11 months ago

Go ahead, count more chickens, jinx the whole thing.

Any time the forecast is for more than 2-4, I will bet anybody, cash, we don't get half the forecast. 10-15 this time? I'll bet we don't get 5. Blah blah, at least there's money in TALKING about it.

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rhys jones 2 years, 11 months ago

Sorry, but we need a healthy dose of skepticism to undo the jinx.

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James Earley, MCSE 2 years, 11 months ago

Jobs I wouldn't want, in order: 1. Weather Forecaster, National Weather Service 2. President of the United States 3. Public School Superintendent 4. Editor, Steamboat Today

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rhys jones 2 years, 11 months ago

I was talking to a wooly caterpillar this morning, and he said (she? it's so hard to tell, under all that hair) that the tall skunk cabbage were debunking the Farmer's Almanac, as well as La Nina, and saying it wouldn't snow again 'til May...

But I disagree, since we had a red sky briefly this morning ("Red sky at morning...") so now I am forecasting heavy rain and/or snow for today and tonight. I know what old-wives tales to subscribe to (or old sailors) and you can hitch your wagon to this star.

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