Winter returns to Routt County |

Winter returns to Routt County

The Mad Creek Barn was covered in a fresh layer of snow on Friday morning.

— Routt County residents woke up Friday morning to the realization that winter is not over yet.

Weather observers in the Steamboat Springs area were reporting between 2 and 4 inches of snow.

In South Routt County, a Yampa observer measured 3 inches of snow.

Up north, Steamboat Lake 5 inches of snow.

At the Tower weather monitoring station at an elevation of 10,500 feet on Buffalo Mountain, there was 4 inches of new snow and 7 inches in a two-day period.

The return of winter was good news for skiers not ready to retire for the season.

Meteorologist Joel Gratz, who runs, wrote that Loveland Ski Area got 7 inches, while Winter Park Resort had 5 inches.

After additional snow showers during the day Friday, Gratz said snow showers were possible for Saturday in the northern Colorado mountains.

It will be dry Sunday, followed by a chance of snow each day for the remainder of the week.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland