Snow expected in Steamboat on Thursday night into Friday

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— The chance of snow returns to the forecast Thursday night and Friday in Steamboat Springs, with the potential of between 6 and 12 inches of accumulation in the mountains.

A storm system from the Pacific Northwest is making its way into Northwest Colorado early Thursday, with snow beginning to fall in Steamboat Springs sometime Thursday afternoon. The initial snowfall level is anticipated to be around 7,500 feet, meaning there is a chance for some precipitation to fall in the form of rain.

The National Weather Service expects the intensity of the snowfall to pick up tonight before ending by midday Friday. The weekend forecast calls for sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid-30s.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for the mountains around Steamboat, including the Elkhead and Park mountain ranges, which includes the area from the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area south to Rabbit Ears Pass. The advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Friday. Moderate to strong winds are expected to accompany the storm, with sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts up to 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

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