A fallen Aspen leaf sits on a nearly frozen pond of water Friday morning near Fish Creek. The latest storm began Thursday night with lower temperatures and rain, and by Friday morning, snow was falling at higher elevations.

Photo by John F. Russell

A fallen Aspen leaf sits on a nearly frozen pond of water Friday morning near Fish Creek. The latest storm began Thursday night with lower temperatures and rain, and by Friday morning, snow was falling at higher elevations.

Storm produces half-inch of rain in Steamboat Springs

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— There were two reports of tow trucks being dispatched to Rabbit Ears and Muddy passes east of Steamboat Springs on Friday morning as drivers encountered a mix of road conditions attributable to the latest October storm. After an all-night rain, more than a half-inch was recorded at some locations in the city.

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A fallen Aspen leaf sits on a walking path near Fish Creek on Friday morning. The latest storm began Thursday night with lower temperatures and rain, and by Friday morning, snow was falling at higher elevations.

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Snow and ice cling to the leaves of an Aspen tree Friday morning near Fish Creek.

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Snow clings to the berries on a Mountain Ash bush near Fish Creek on Friday morning.

There were no initial reports of any injuries resulting from the traffic mishaps on the mountain passes Friday morning. The Colorado Department of Transportation was reporting “snow, wet and icy spots” for a 41-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 40 including Rabbit Ears Pass and Muddy Pass just across the county line in Grand County.

The temperature in Steamboat at 8:30 a.m. was 35 degrees, but an automated weather report from the National Weather Service indicated the temperature above 10,000 feet at Steamboat Ski Area just east of the city was 23 degrees and anywhere from 3 to 7 inches of snow was expected during the day.

Volunteer weather observers with the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow network, reported anywhere from 0.42 to 0.58 inches of precipitation had accumulated in the vicinity of Steamboat in the 24 hours preceding 7:30 a.m. Friday.

The Weather Service rated the chance of precipitation at 60 percent overnight Friday. The storm gives way to mostly sunny skies Saturday with a forecast high temperature of 54 degrees, but another burst of winter is expected at high elevations Sunday night.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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