Consistently warm weather over the next couple of weeks could support streamflows by saturating soils with snowmelt, resulting in a more efficient runoff.
Things will change drastically by midweek. After a forecast high in the mid-60s Monday, the daily high should rise to 75 degrees under mostly sunny skies Tuesday and touch 80 degrees Wednesday.
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is forecasting a high temperature of 72 degrees under mostly sunny skies Sunday followed by even higher temperatures to begin the workweek Monday.
Weather observer Art Judson reported Tuesday morning that 0.26 inches of rain had fallen in Steamboat in the preceding 24 hours. A chance of showers is forecast for Steamboat and Craig through Friday.
Thunderstorms and showers headline the forecast for Steamboat Springs this week.
After a few days of sunshine and warm temperatures, weather forecasters are predicting a blast of winter-like weather will return to Steamboat Springs on Tuesday.
Nicke Bencke, of the U.S. Forest Service, made the trip up Buffalo Pass on April 23 and took two snow depth readings that showed 124 inches and 128 inches at the Tower measuring site.
The warming trend takes hold with an expected high of 59 degrees Friday before temperatures forecast in the 60s break out for the weekend.
A break from the recent snow and cold Sunday spurred bikers to hit area roads and kayakers to play in the Yampa River. And some more warm days are in this week's forecast for the Yampa Valley.
Heavy machinery traffic and the lack of ski area employees mitigating danger add to the hazards of skiing Steamboat Ski Area after it has closed.
The snow that continued throughout the day Wednesday served to further bolster the snowpack in the Yampa/White River Basin.
Even with the lifts closed down for the season, snow in Northwest Colorado continues.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory that will stay in effect until Tuesday morning.
Local forecaster Mike Weissbluth anticipates as much as a foot of fresh powder by Sunday morning, the final day of lift-serviced skiing at Steamboat Ski Area.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting it received 3 inches of new snow at mid-mountain and the summit in the past 24 hours.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting an inch of new snow in the past 24 hours at mid-mountain and at the summit.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 3 inches of new snow at the summit since the resort closed yesterday.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas from 6 p.m. Monday through Tuesday night.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a mid-mountain base of 53 inches.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a 54 inch mid-mountain base.