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Early spring storms could push Steamboat past 34 feet of snow

Zach Fridell

Steamboat Ski Area is set to break the 400-inch mark this season with at least two more storms predicted by the end of this week.

Mike Chamberlain, a forecaster with the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office, said Steamboat skiers can expect snow to begin Wednesday into Thursday, with 6 to 12 inches of snow possible.

That would push the ski area more than the 400-inch mark. As of Sunday morning, the resort reported a total of 398.5 inches falling on the slopes of Mount Werner this season.

“It looks like Wednesday night is going to be the best period of heavier precipitation,” Chamberlain said. “It has just been a series of storms lately.”

Steamboat surpassed 400 inches only twice in the past 10 years, with 489 inches in last year’s record season, and 432 inches in 2005-06.

Reports from snow sensors on the mountain show that snowfall is slightly above normal for this time of year, with 46.5 inches of water-equivalent precipitation at a tower observation point and 24.3 at Dry Lake.

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Monday and Tuesday are expected to be clear and sunny, with a high of 48 degrees Monday and 56 degrees Tuesday.

Despite the chance of snow later in the week, temperatures are expected to remain moderate, with a high of 52 on Wednesday and a high of 49 on Thursday.

Chamberlain said Steamboat also could have a dump of another 6 to 12 inches on the upcoming closing weekend.

“I feel fairly confident that we’re going to see some kind of storm system, it’s just a little up in the air what the actual path of that system is going to be,” he said. “I would say that, speaking off the top of my head, we’ll see another 6 to 12 inches.”