Motorists breeze through wintry weather

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— As the clouds began to lift, a fresh dusting of snow was visible Saturday at Steamboat Ski Area and surrounding mountains.

The ground at all elevations managed to soak up a lot of needed moisture, as well.

By Saturday morning, Steamboat Springs weather observer Art Judson had measured 0.48 inches of rain and a trace amount of snow out of the storm at his monitoring station between downtown and the mountain.

At higher elevations, light snow was falling in the morning, but there were no weather-related crashes reported in Routt County.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Sampson said .5 to 1 inch of snow was on U.S. Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass, and Colorado Department of Transportation workers were plowing the road.

“There have actually been no accidents today,” Sampson said. “People were going slow.”

Above-freezing temperatures also were keeping ice from forming on the roads.

Routt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dera Bond said that the county’s roads were very wet and that there was some standing water, but it wasn’t affecting traffic.

“It's moving actually really well, considering,” Bond said.

Steamboat Springs Police Department Sgt. Scott Middleton said the city was free of accidents, as well.

The skies are expected to clear by midday Sunday and give way to sunshine through at least Wednesday. The high temperature is expected to climb to 67 degrees by Monday before the weather begins to cool off again with a high of 55 degrees Wednesday.

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

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