Warmer temperatures return to forecast in Steamboat Springs

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— After several days of abundant snow and unseasonably cold temperatures in the Yampa Valley, a quick warmup is back in the forecast.

Travis Booth, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said after a cold Monday, high temperatures here should tick back up to the 40s and the low 50s by the end of the workweek.

“This week, the general theme would be generally dry with a few mountain showers from time to time,” Booth said. “The thing that'll be more interesting is the quick warmup.”

Some parts of Western Colorado, including Crested Butte, saw record low temperatures during the weekend.

Booth said temperatures in recent days on the Western Slope generally have been at about 20 degrees below normal.

“On Tuesday and Wednesday, we should be back to seasonal temperature values again,” he said.

While showers are part of the forecast this week, Booth said the next significant snowstorm isn't a possibility in the forecast until Easter Sunday and the start of next week.”

The recent snowstorms helped Steamboat Springs surpass its average snowfall total for the month of March.

By Sunday morning, the city had logged 27.1 inches of snow, which is about 4 inches above Steamboat's historic average of March snowfall of 23.2 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

The storms provided a streak of powder days at Steamboat Ski Area, which surpassed the 300 inch mark Friday.

In his weather forecast Sunday, local meteorologist Mike Weissbluth said the size of the next significant potential snowstorm is hard to gauge right now.

“Model uncertainty is high behind this storm as one model keeps cold air pouring into the region behind the departing storm while another keeps that cold air to our north,” Weissbluth wrote. “If the cold air fetch remains open, we could see stormy weather through next week and into the following closing week. If this happens, it may mitigate some drought concerns as the snowpack should continue to increase at a time when the averages begin to decline.”

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

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