Steamboat sees 4 inches of snow, more possible Saturday and Sunday

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— A powerful winter storm that dumped 18 inches of snow on the Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwest Colorado teased Steamboat Springs with about 4 inches of snow overnight Friday. Another inch or 2 are possible before the storm clears the region Sunday.

Steamboat Springs weather observer Art Judson reported 4 inches of snow at his measuring station between downtown and the ski mountain on Saturday morning. Judson’s station measured 0.49 inches of actual precipitation.

Joel Gratz, a meteorologist for OpenSnow.com, reported Saturday morning that the snowstorm didn’t impact areas north of Interstate 70, including Steamboat, as much as earlier storm models had predicted.

Gratz reported that some moderate snow remained possible Saturday morning but would be followed by a lull in the weather around midday. The coldest air would move into Northwest Colorado on Saturday evening, potentially sparking another period of moderate snowfall. On-and-off snow showers could continue into Sunday.

The National Weather Service forecasts an 80 percent chance of snow for Steamboat today with total accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. The forecast is similar for tonight.

The Steamboat Ski Area opens for the 2012-13 season on Nov. 21 with Scholarship Day, a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 22 is the first day in which the ski area will accept season passes.

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