Mountain locations around Steamboat Springs register more than 1 inch of moisture

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— The snowy pattern that brought winter to the upper Yampa Valley from Friday to Sunday left more than an inch of moisture behind at 10 different snowpack-measuring sites in the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs. Together, they feed the Yampa and White river drainages.

The Flat Tops mountains, in particular, received significant moisture.

Crosho Lake, on the edge of the Flat Tops near Phippsburg, has a modest 7 inches of snow on the ground, but the 0.8 inches of water that snow contains represents 100 percent of average for the date.

When will more snow arrive? The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is not showing any snow in the forecast for Steamboat through Sunday. However, there is a chance of snow showers in the Elkhead Mountains along the Colorado-Wyoming border in northwest Routt County sometime after midnight Wednesday.

Ripple Creek Pass, on the way from Phippsburg to Trappers Lake, has 13 inches of snow on the ground that contains 2.1 inches of water. That measurement is 66 percent of average.

Closer to Steamboat, the west side of Rabbit Ears Pass has 7 inches of snow on the ground, representing 1 inch of water, or about 36 percent of average for the date.

To the north of Steamboat, on the edge of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, the Elk River snowpack measuring site at 8,700 feet contains 0.8 inches of moisture in the 6 inches of snow on the ground, representing 89 percent of average for the date.

For the combined Yampa/White Basin, the snowpack is 52 percent of average.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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