Cold, snowy week expected in Steamboat Springs
Storm later in the week has potential to drop 6 to 12 inches of snow over area mountains
January 6, 2013
Steamboat Springs — The recent dry pattern over Steamboat Springs isn’t expected to hold up this week as snow returns to the forecast.
Chis Cuoco, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said Sunday that Steamboat has a few chances to see snow this week.
It could start with a "thin dusting" of snow Monday night and early Tuesday.
But he said a storm expected to arrive late Thursday has the potential to leave behind more than 5 inches of powder.
"We’re fairly sure it’ll be a moderate level storm that could leave behind in excess of 5 inches" of snow, Cuoco said.
On Sunday, forecasters with the weather service wrote the "latest guidance suggests 6 to 12 inches of snow for the mountains with locally higher amounts with 2 to 5 inches possible in favored valleys.”
Meanwhile, temperatures in the Yampa Valley will remain frigid for much of week as highs are expected to reach only into the 20s and lows will stay mostly in the single digits.
In a forecast he wrote on Saturday, local meteorologist Mike Weissbluth said the frigid temperatures this week can be attributed to lingering temperature inversions made possible by last month’s abundant snowfall.
"While (inversions) may form due to various reasons, the most pertinent for us (and most valleys located high in the mountains) is the very strong cooling of a snow covered surface at night," Weissbluth wrote.
He added that ironically, an approaching cold front will most likely break the inversion.
"While surface warming from the sun is not strong enough in quiescent weather regimes to moderate the inversion, winds from either an approaching or passing storm will physically mix the air near the valley bottoms and bring the warmer air from higher elevations down to the surface," he wrote.
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