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Forecaster: ‘It’s going to dump’

A Colorado Department of Transportation plow clears U.S. Highway 40 on Thursday afternoon. Forecasters were calling for a winter storm to bring snow to the area beginning Thursday evening. Although the storm brought little accumulation to the ski area, another storm is forecast to bring more snow this weekend.

— Snow, snow and more snow. That's what the weather experts are forecasting for the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs this weekend.

One forecaster is calling for 10 to 15 inches of snow to fall at the ski area overnight Saturday.

Of course, forecasts in the past have not delivered the anticipated results. That may be the case with the most recent storm, the forecast of which was calling for 8 to 16 inches of snow on Mount Werner and the surrounding mountains by Friday morning. The ski area saw 2 inches of new snow at the summit by Thursday morning and little additional accumulation was expected overnight Thursday.

"We were expecting a little bit more snow than what we received," said Paul Frisbie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. "The next storm that's coming in looks much more promising. Colorado may very well take a direct hit from the storm that's coming in this weekend."

During the day Friday, the National Weather Service is predicting 1 to 2 inches of snow in the city.

"Keep your fingers crossed for Saturday night and Sunday," Frisbie said."It may not really let up until sundown Sunday."

He said it was too early to say how much snow might fall.

Meteorologist Joel Gratz, creator of the website http://www.opensnow.com, is predicting 10 to 15 inches of snow overnight Saturday at the ski area.

"In short, it's going to dump on Saturday night," Gratz wrote. "Get up early on Sunday, grab your latte, your breakfast bagel, some tunes, and go get in line early. This will be a first chair that could provide memories that last a season (or at least until the next storm)."

For the early part of next week, Frisbie said the storm track is expected to retreat to the north, but that may be temporary.

"You get a couple days that you can enjoy that snow that has fallen," he said.

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