Steamboat Ski Area needs to get 6.5 inches of snow in the next 11 days if it wants to just tie the single worst January in the resort's history of record keeping going back to 1979.
Snow was expected to begin falling Saturday morning ahead of a cold front that will result in a forecasted high of 20 degrees on Saturday and 25 degrees Sunday.
New Year’s Eve morning in Routt County was the coldest of the entire year. Senior forecaster Chris Cuoco confirmed that the 26 degrees below zero reported at the Steamboat Springs Airport on Wednesday was the coldest of 2014. It was even colder in Craig — 29 degrees below zero.
The snow depth on the west summit of Rabbit Ears Pass is 39 inches after 9 inches of new snow fell there on Dec. 19. The 9.7 inches of water contained in the snowpack is 123 percent of the median for Dec. 23.
A winter storm moving through the area is expected to bring 8 to 16 inches of new snow to Steamboat Springs by Monday evening, with about 2 feet of accumulation expected in the mountains.
Vacationing skiers who stay through the weekend should enjoy a good dose of powder beginning Sunday, with the storm intensifying Monday.
If 22.5 inches of snow at the Steamboat Ski Area in 72 hours was not enough, weather forecasters say more is on the way.
Meteorologist Mike Weissbluth predicts Steamboat could get three bouts of snow, with the best chance for meaningful accumulations coming during the day Sunday and resuming during the day Monday.
Wildlife seem to be coping with the ice, but avalanche observers continue to have long-term concerns about avalanche danger in the backcountry.
As the community digs out, Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs are reminding people to keep plow drivers in mind.
As winter weather takes hold in the Yampa Valley, new traffic cameras have gone live and give travelers a better idea of what it looks like on Rabbit Ears Pass.
The Weather Service reported the temperature at the summit of the Steamboat Ski Area, was 2 degrees at noon Wednesday. But temperatures are expected to moderate Thursday and Friday as a storm brings natural snowfall to the Park Range.
A line of rain and snow will move through Colorado from Aspen to Steamboat on Sunday night into early Monday morning, but the first week of November likely will be mild and dry.
Snow was falling, but not sticking, in downtown Steamboat midday Wednesday, and the National Weather Service in Grand Junction was calling for 3 to 5 inches of snow to accumulate Wednesday afternoon.
Wet weather will continue through most of the week in the region, with snowfall levels dropping as low as 10,000 feet later Monday, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service.
After a week filled with sunshine and warm weather, rain is expected to return to the Steamboat Springs area Friday afternoon.
In the midst of a 12-day run of rain that ended August, it was the .52 inches and .78 inches that fell back-to-back on Aug. 27 and 28 that rallied Steamboat past the five-inch threshold.
City dwellers are saying “Enough already!” But the real pain is being felt by farmers and ranchers who depend upon the valley’s grass hay crop to make their world go around.
Steamboat Springs-based meteorologist Mike Weissbluth said Steamboat’s relationship with El Nino is complex and varies with the longitudinal ocation of a ridge of high pressure that typically sets up in the eastern Pacific during El Nino years.
A weather change arrives Saturday night when a fall-like storm will bring dropping temperatures and heavy rain, possibly mixed with snow at high elevation as the main front moves through the area.