Nordic, powder operations closing early
The winter's low snowfall totals were bad enough, but a warm week in March has forced area Nordic and powder skiing operations to close earlier than anticipated.
Forecast for better than even chance of above average temperatures, moisture in Steamboat through March 26
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is rating the chance for above average precipitation through March 26 at between 50 and 60 percent, and the same is true for the probability of above average temperatures.
Forecasters are predicting one to two feet of snow will fall in the mountains surrounding Steamboat between Monday and Wednesday, with nearly a foot expected in town.
Snowfall at the Steamboat Ski Area rebounded in February with 57.75 inches of snow recorded during the month at mid-mountain.
The mega-storm that is threatening the Southern Rockies this weekend is unlikely to bury Steamboat, according to snow forecasters, but the ski area could accumulate about a foot by the end of the day on Monday.
After historically low January snowfall totals, winter finally returned to Steamboat over the weekend.
Sunny skies will continue through tomorrow before a promising storm moves into the region.
A storm moving into the area Saturday night is not looking as promising as it once was, but some snow is expected through Monday to help freshen up conditions at Steamboat Ski Area.
Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth sees reason to hope the persistent ridge of high pressure could break down during the work week of Feb. 16-20
It’s sadly official. The Steamboat Ski Area had the worst January in terms of snowfall.
Hope is dying that January 2015 will be spared the reputation of being the driest January in the history of the Steamboat Ski Area, with records going back to 1979.
Snow totals this week will determine whether Steamboat Ski Area experiences its driest January on record.
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.