Weather forecasters are calling for snow, but perhaps not as much as they initially thought.
Routt County drivers got a crash course in winter driving Monday as snow fell throughout the day.
Precipitation expected regularly through week
As much as a foot of snowfall could fall in the mountains near Steamboat Springs as part of a major storm system hitting the area Monday, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service.
The ski area’s snowmaking crews were busy Friday morning with valley temperatures as low as 12 degrees, and meteorologists who focus on the ski resorts say there could be more natural snowfall on the way next week.
Storms this week packed a punch for the Steamboat Ski Area, where 17 inches of snow fell at mid-mountain in a 48-hour period.
Steamboat meteorologist expects 3 to 6 inches of snow by Thursday evening at Steamboat Ski Area and maybe an inch or two in town.
A white strip of snow going down the Steamboat Ski Area Wednesday morning signaled the beginning of snowmaking operations.
While high temperatures on Storm Peak are forecast by the National Weather Service to reach only into the mid- to high-40s, overnight lows aren’t expected to dip below freezing.
The region will continue to experience an Indian summer through next week with mostly clear skies and above normal temperatures.
The highest elevations around Steamboat Springs could see the first seasonal snowfall Monday and Tuesday nights, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service.
Fall weather is on the way for Steamboat Springs, with mild high temperatures in the low 70s expected through the week, and evenings becoming more brisk.
After a soggy Thursday, mostly clear skies were expected to return to the Yampa Valley Friday.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Thursday issued a wildfire smoke health advisory for parts of Colorado, including the Yampa Valley.
Steamboat Springs might get a taste of fall on Tuesday if weather forecasts stay true, and USA Pro Challenge cyclists could have a nice tailwind pushing them to Arapahoe Basin.
The National Weather Service confirms Steamboat Springs received .37 inches of rain Aug. 3, followed by 1.05 inches on Aug. 4, for a two-day total of 1.42 inches. That compares to the average rainfall for the entire month of 1.6 inches.
The brunt of the storm appeared to flow through Strawberry Park and other neighborhoods just north and northwest of Steamboat Springs.
The start of the ski season is still more than four months away, but forecasters are already looking at how much snow Mother Nature may provide.
Local fire officials are urging people to use extreme caution this holiday weekend.
The dry spell could break over the holiday weekend with the greatest chance of rain arriving Sunday in the Park Range outside Steamboat as well as in the Flat Tops.
Seasonably warm temperatures are expected to continue through the first half of the week, with some isolated moisture throughout the region, forecasters are predicting.