Colder weather in Steamboat Springs’ forecast |

Colder weather in Steamboat Springs’ forecast

The moon rises above aspen trees Friday night near Steamboat Lake. Lower temperatures are forecast for the Yampa Valley this week.

— A cold front forecast to arrive in the Yampa Valley on Wednesday afternoon is expected to produce a "season-ending freeze,” but it likely won’t bring any precipitation, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

High temperatures in Steamboat Springs this week are expected drop into a more seasonal range, with daytime highs in the upper 60s and nighttime lows dropping below freezing starting Wednesday.

"It’ll definitely be colder, but the prospects for any precipitation right now are not that great," said Jim Pringle, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Storm Peak saw its first dusting of snow on Sept. 27, but little additional precipitation is in the forecast this week.

During this week in 2011, Steamboat saw its first snow of the season from a storm that closed Rabbit Ears Pass for two hours following a traffic accident.

"Right now, we don’t see much happening, but there’s a chance we could get a little bit of precipitation up in the mountains near the Continental Divide," Pringle said. "The models are indicating most of the activity is staying east of the divide.”

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Steamboat Springs weather observer Art Judson reported Sunday that his measuring station recorded 0.91 inches of precipitation in September. The total is well below Steamboat’s average precipitation of 2.19 inches for September, according to the National Weather Service.

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