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Chance of snow persists into weekend

Zach Fridell

— If you’re dreaming of a powder-filled Thanksgiving, keep on dreaming.

According to forecasts from the National Weather Service, Steamboat Springs will see limited snow during the opening week of the Steamboat Ski Area.

“As the models come in, this looks less and less favorable to (Steamboat),” Grand Junction-based National Weather Service forecaster Norv Larson said Tuesday.

There is a 30 to 50 percent chance of light snow Thursday, with the chance of precipitation dropping to 20 to 40 percent Thursday night into Friday.

Larson said that means the ski area likely will receive 2 to 4 inches of snow, with less than an inch in town.

The current weather cycle is driven by a divided front moving from California west across the country, a system that is “not looking all that great,” Larson said.

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This weekend will have slightly more snow as a different front moves down from the north.

With the new front, the ski area could see spotty snow totaling 5 to 10 inches during the weekend, Larson said.

“That moist northwesterly blow looks like it’s going to continue through the weekend before moving on,” he said.

The town likely will see 3 to 6 inches from that front.

The Weather Channel, on weather.com, is even more pessimistic. According to that site, there is only a 10 percent chance of snow Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with a 30 percent chance Friday.

Long-term view hazy

As for the rest of the winter, the verdict is still out.

According to long-range models created by the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center, Steamboat is going to have average precipitation and slightly above-average temperatures for December.

Looking three months into the future, Steamboat has an equal chance to have normal levels of precipitation and typical temperatures. That means there is a greater than one-in-three chance that Steamboat will have “normal” weather. In the 2007-08 season, the ski area recorded a record 489 inches of snow.

So far this season, the Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 27 inches of snow.