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Steamboat records 1.37 inches of September precipitation

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — After a dry summer, Steamboat Springs has seen 1.37 inches of precipitation for the month of September, according to data collected by Colorado State University.

More snow and rain might be on the way.

The latest storm dropped about two inches of snow at the top of Steamboat Ski Area on Friday night.

The previous night, lightning filled the sky, and there was steady rain with a total of .72 inches reported Friday morning.

On Saturday morning, .21 inches of rain was reported for the previous 24-hour period.

Other notable rainfall this month in Steamboat was when .33 inches of rain was reported the morning of Sept. 1.

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Elsewhere around Routt County, .39 inches of rain has been reported this month in Hayden. In Yampa, .37 inches of rain has been reported.

With 1.37 inches of rain so far this month, Steamboat is on track to reach the average September rain amount 2.19 inches.

Joel Gratz, who runs opensnow.com, is calling for more snow as early as Friday. He wrote that the most snow will fall in the northern Rockies.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for high temperatures this week in the 60s, and the overnight low will drop down to 35 Tuesday night.

Looking ahead to the winter, Gratz remains optimistic about snowfall.

Gratz said there is a 60 percent chance that it will be a La Nina winter, meaning there will be cooler than average water temperatures in the central Pacific.

This can result in a pattern of storms from the northwest that benefit Colorado ski resorts.

"Don’t get too excited because three-to-six-month forecasts are generally terrible, but this could be a good sign and is getting me a bit excited," Gratz said.

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