Yampa River rises, data uploads
Jeff Foster, of the the U.S. Geological Survey, launched a high-tech streamflow measuring device called an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler into the Yampa River at Fifth Street to make precise measurements of the river’s flows.
Severe lightning strikes left Yampa Valley Electric Association customers in South Routt County in the dark for about eight hours Monday night, but YVEA crews reported power had been restored by early Tuesday morning.
Matt and Lauren Kuckkahn had just returned home from doing errands in Hayden at about 5 p.m. when they discovered that one half of a very large evergreen tree had fallen on the front entrance of their home.
Sundberg tends rain gauge for 44 years
The National Weather Service is reporting that the official weather site for Steamboat Springs has seen 3.24 inches of precipitation this month compared to the “normal” amount for April 29 of 2.32 inches.
Unsettled weather, including rain, thunderstorms and snow could continue over the next two weeks, according to local weather forecasts.
What started as a trickle quickly turned into a steady stream of water Thursday night at Steamboat Campground.
Meteorologists say closing weekend at the Steamboat Ski Area could be accompanied by some rain, as well as some snow at higher elevations.
A complicated jet stream pattern during the next two weeks could bring moderate snowfall to Steamboat Ski Area this week and immediately following the mountain’s scheduled closing April 10.
Storm brings welcome moisture to high country
Spring storm clogged Front Range transportation hubs while flights from Dallas and Atlanta arrived early at Yampa Valley Regional Airport west of Steamboat Springs.
Clouds were expected to build up Sunday night with snow showers on Mount Werner beginning by sunrise Monday, according to a forecast from Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com.
Normal February precipitation in the city of Steamboat Springs is 1.9 inches of moisture, according to the National Weather Service. In February 2016, Steamboat saw just 1.36 inches.
The storm’s energy will become more wintry by Sunday night, but it will really begin to deliver the goods Monday, when the flow at mountain-top elevations begins to move from the northwest, favoring Mount Werner and Steamboat Ski Area.
On Tuesday morning, Joel Gratz's daily blog post was titled "There goes the sun."
The water stored in the standing snow on Rabbit Ears Pass on Feb. 19 was 139 percent of median, in spite of two weeks of dry weather in the middle of the month.
Snowfall in the region is expected to taper off Monday night and not return until at least Thursday evening, when a small system moves through the area, according to the National Weather Service.
With clear skies this week, skiers and riders got a taste of spring conditions, and snow has returned to the forecast.
Steamboat skiers and snowboarders prefer their champagne dry, but the relatively wet snow that buried the slopes over the weekend put a big boost into the snowpack on nearby Rabbit Ears Pass
Almost daily snow freshens slopes
It may be the frequency of snow events over the last 14 days in Steamboat Springs that has people shaking their heads, because the snow totals are not out of the ordinary for January.
Snow accumulation could reach double digits
December 2015 totaled a robust 101 inches of snowfall at mid-mountain at Steamboat Ski Area, including a run of 31.5 inches Dec. 15-17.
The snowpack in the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs are at 103 percent of median, the lowest in the state. But at least it’s in plus territory during an El Niño year.