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New Year in Steamboat begins with a quick jolt of powder

— Steamboat Springs-based meteorologist Mike Weissbluth is predicting a one-two punch of snow at the Steamboat Ski Area Tuesday into Wednesday, with the possibility that total accumulations will reach one foot.

Weissbluth reported at his blog on snowalarm.com that two different forecast models predict differing amounts of snow for Steamboat over the next two days, but he's leaning toward the more robust model.

"My gut feeling is to believe the snowier solution, so I might expect 6-12 inches by Wednesday afternoon for both storms," Weissbluth wrote. "The lack of cold air will limit accumulations during the day Tuesday so that only 2-4 inches are expected by sunset, with an additional 4-8 inches early Wednesday morning into the early afternoon."

The National Weather Service expects daily high temperatures in Steamboat to flirt with the freezing mark for the rest of the week, with a chance of reaching 33 degrees on both Tuesday and Friday. New Year's morning could be frigid at 5 degrees, but most mornings this week will bottom out in the low double digits.

Weissbluth expects the ski slopes to warm Thursday and Friday under periods of sunshine. He adds that a chance of snow showers could return Friday night but the forecast from a week ago that this front would be accompanied by frigid temperatures has mellowed. Expect seasonably cool air for Saturday with the sunshine returning later in the day on Saturday and Sunday.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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