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Another round of snow is expected Saturday night in Steamboat

— A one-two punch delivered snow to Steamboat Springs throughout Friday, and another wave is expected to arrive Saturday night.

Joel Gratz, with http://www.opensnow.com, was calling for between 4 and 8 inches of snow to fall during the next storm, with more snow falling in areas to the north such as Steamboat.

“The 5 a.m. Sunday morning report might not show much snow, but the flakes will stack up through the day,” Gratz wrote.

Local forecaster Mike Weissbluth, who runs http://www.snowalarm.com, wrote that he expected Sunday and Monday morning snow reports would show 4 to 8 inches fell in the previous 24-hour period. He is calling for another 3 to 6 inches on the Tuesday morning snow report.

The storm Thursday arrived with a fury. John Kyle, with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said there was a 40 mph wind gust measured at 9:15 p.m. at Steamboat Springs Airport. Sustained winds were between 20 mph and 25 mph. Whiteout conditions and drifting snow created hazardous driving conditions, but no serious crashes were reported.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said equipment at the mountain was running normally Friday morning despite the strong winds. At 1 p.m. Friday, the ski area was reporting it had received 13 inches of snow in the previous 24 hours at mid-mountain. Skiers reported excellent conditions. The ski area now has a 58-inch base with 182.75 inches of snow having fallen since Oct. 1.

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Steamboat weather observer Art Judson said precipitation for January is above average.

"If this keeps up, we’ll have five consecutive months of above average precipitation," Judson wrote. "That has only been recorded once before in Steamboat’s long record which began in 1893."

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