Emily Lamine reads Michael J. Fox's book "Lucky Man" while enjoying a springlike day along the banks of the Yampa River on Friday afternoon.

Photo by John F. Russell

Emily Lamine reads Michael J. Fox's book "Lucky Man" while enjoying a springlike day along the banks of the Yampa River on Friday afternoon.

Warm days ahead in forecast for Steamboat Springs

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— Bikers and joggers will love this week's forecast in Steamboat Springs.

But some skiers may be disappointed that March 2013 here is not shaping up to be anything like March 1931.

With 13.5 inches of snowfall recorded in the city so far this month and a week of warm, sunny weather ahead in the forecast, the city isn't likely to match its snowiest March on record when 62.8 inches of the white stuff that fell in the city in 1931.

Tom Renwick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said Sunday that the mountains around Steamboat have a shot at getting 1 to 2 inches of snow from Monday night through Tuesday.

Any precipitation in town is expected to be a mix of rain and snow.

After that disturbance leaves, high pressure is expected to build up and stay through Saturday.

And bikers may become a more common sight on area roads.

"It's going to be nice and warm, and keep warming up each day," Renwick said.

The Weather Service is calling for the warming trend to really kick in Wednesday with a projected high temperature of 51 degrees. The forecast calls for the high temperature here Friday to reach 53 degrees.

Although it's too early to tell if the predictions will pan out, powder hounds can find some better news in long range weather models.

"Longer-range weather models still indicate a cool and wet pattern being established at the beginning of the next work week," local meteorologist Mike Weissbluth wrote in his latest forecast.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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