Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 2 inches of new snow at mid-mountain in the past 24 hours.
Overnight lows on Wednesday and Thursday nights were expected to reach 15 degrees below zero with highs of just 13 degrees on Thursday and 11 on Friday, but temperatures should bounce back to daily highs of 18 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting that 7.5 inches of new snow fell at mid-mountain since the resort closed yesterday.
The automated forecast for Storm Peak at the top of the ski area expects between 15 and 23 inches to fall overnight and during the day Wednesday.
The wind direction at and above mountain top is from a westerly direction, which means all mountains can see good snow because this wind gets lifted up by the mountains and rising air creates snow.
Opening weekend conditions at the Steamboat Ski Area were some of the best in recent memory, and the forecast is calling for even more snow and the season's coldest conditions to date.
While the Steamboat Ski Area does not anticipate opening any additional terrain this weekend, low temperatures will help with snowmaking operations.
Steamboat Ski Area reports that six lifts and 60 trails are open.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting that 5 lifts and 56 trails will be open for Scholarship Day.
Steamboat is poised to complete an autumn precipitation trifecta the likes of which it has not seen for more than 25 years. Not since 1985 has Steamboat recorded above-average precipitation in September, October and November.
Meteorologist Joel Gratz, of the snow forecasting Web page www.opensnow.com, said the evolving forecast was trending toward a more active storm system with the possibility of 6 inches of snow or more by Sunday afternoon.
The storm cycle that entered Steamboat Springs on Sunday night had dropped 20 inches at Steamboat Ski Area by Wednesday morning and 12.8 inches in town by Wednesday afternoon.
By 2 p.m. Monday, emergency responders had tended to several rollovers and crashes in Steamboat Springs and Hayden but reported no serious injuries.
Steamboat Springs residents on Monday morning were greeted by 5-plus inches of snow on the ground and some slippery road conditions that led to multiple car crashes.
By Tuesday night, temperatures in Steamboat Springs are expected to hit the low teens, and a few more inches of snowfall accumulation is predicted by the National Weather Service.
Steamboat Ski Area has received a little less than 40 inches of natural snow with Scholarship Day day less than a month away on Nov. 27, and snowmaking operations began Oct. 30.
The October snow total in town was driven by the 10.5 inches reported Oct. 4 and followed up by another 3.5 inches the next day. All told, there were eight days in October when measurable snow fell.
The closest rival to Buffalo Pass for leader of the Colorado snowpack was west of Granby at the Never Summer measuring site, where the snow at 10,280 feet was 16 inches deep Wednesday.
Measurements taken by the U.S. Geological Survey at the Fifth Street Bridge over the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat show that the flows have nearly doubled the norm since Oct. 1.
Town administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen said some tree branches that fell on a power line at Arthur Avenue and Nancy Crawford Boulevard were to blame for the town's second major power outage in recent weeks.