Dry snow in the forecast for Steamboat as cold lingers in the Yampa Valley
December 4, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Snow totals from Tuesday night's storm were fairly consistent around Routt County, but it was a weather station 1.7 miles northwest of Oak Creek that won the derby, with 12 inches of new snow recorded as of 6:30 a.m. and 17 inches on the ground.
Another weather station situated six-tenths of a mile northwest of Steamboat recorded 10.5 inches of snow Wednesday morning, a little more than that fell at mid-mountain on the Steamboat Ski Area.
Snowfall on Mount Werner never reached the 14- to 28-inch range that some forecasters anticipated. Mike Weissbluth, of the SnowAlarm blog, explained that winds never reached the optimal angle of attack as they approached the Park Range.
"The mountain-top wind direction never really turned to the northwest for an extended period during the storm, and snowfall rates were lighter than I originally anticipated," Weissbluth wrote Wednesday.
But snow and cold temperatures remain in the forecast.
"Another series of waves moves over us this weekend continuing the cold and forcing higher snowfall rates. Even though there will not be a lot of moisture in this very cold air, snow densities of around 2 to 4 percent will create extremely light and fluffy snow leading to not insignificant accumulations," Weissbluth predicted.
Overnight lows Wednesday and Thursday nights were expected to reach 15 degrees below zero with highs of just 13 degrees on Thursday and 11 on Friday, but temperatures should bounce back to daily highs of 18 degrees on Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
Although much of the 16.8 inches of snow that fell in October has since melted, the city limits of Steamboat Springs have now seen 45 inches of precipitation that fell as snow since Oct. 1, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.