A snowplow works its way up Burgess Creek Road on Wednesday morning. Heavy snow made driving conditions difficult and kept plows busy trying to keep up with the falling snow.

Photo by John F. Russell

A snowplow works its way up Burgess Creek Road on Wednesday morning. Heavy snow made driving conditions difficult and kept plows busy trying to keep up with the falling snow.

November off to a snowy start in Steamboat Springs

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— The storm cycle that entered Steamboat Springs on Sunday night had dropped 20 inches at Steamboat Ski Area by Wednesday morning and 12.8 inches in town by Wednesday afternoon.

Local weather observer Art Judson said the November total at his measuring site between downtown and the mountain stands at 15.8 inches.

Overnight temperatures in the teens also have allowed for snowmaking at the ski area, which fired up its snow guns Oct. 30. The ski area is scheduled to open Nov. 27 for Scholarship Day, the traditional opening day benefit, with proceeds from specially priced tickets donated to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s scholarship fund.

The snowy start to November follows a record October when about 40 inches of snow fell at the ski area, the most since October recording began in earnest in 2001. The city also saw 21 inches pile up last month, 50 percent more than average.

According to the National Weather Service, the city is expecting little snow accumulation overnight into Thursday when the skies are expected to clear with temperatures rising into the mid-40s and lower 50s by Sunday.

To reach Nicole Miller, call 970-871-4246, email nmiller@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @Millerna

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