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Steamboat Springs March could quickly transition from lion to lamb as another bout of snow gives way to springlike weather this weekend, according to multiple forecasters.
Joel Gratz, of www.opensnow.com, forecast the incoming system will begin with light flurries through midday Thursday, but it’s possible heavier snow could kick in Thursday night.
“The models still disagree on the strength of this energy, so I split the difference and put about 2 to 4 inches in the forecast for some northern areas,” he wrote. “It's possible that less snow falls, and it's also possible that this energy is pretty strong and Friday morning will offer soft powder.”
Local forecaster Mike Weissbluth, of www.snowalarm.com, reported in a forecast Wednesday morning that he thinks the wave could produce 3 to 6 inches for the ski area by Saturday morning.
Then it’s time to break out the sunscreen.
“A dramatic warm-up is in store for a beautiful weekend as the ridge moves over us,” Weissbluth wrote in an email.
It’s perfect timing for the springlike temperatures, which the National Weather Service in Grand Junction forecasts will reach into the low 40s in Steamboat.
As has been the trend throughout a snowy February, more than 10,000 visitors are expected to stay in Steamboat Springs on Saturday night.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association lodging barometer forecasts 73 percent of local lodging properties will be full, equaling about 10,800 pillows. Last weekend, town was 80 percent full, and the weekend before, Presidents Day weekend, was the busiest weekend in four years with 98 percent of pillows full, according to the lodging barometer.
Weissbluth forecasts another wave of moisture could move through the area Sunday night, but temperatures are expected to remain warm. The Weather Service is forecasting a rain/snow mixture in town Sunday night with a low in the mid-20s.
To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com