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More snow in the forecast for Steamboat

— Another round of white stuff is headed for Steamboat Springs.

Snow was expected to begin falling Saturday morning ahead of a cold front that will result in a predicted high of 20 degrees Saturday and 25 degrees Sunday.

“Moderate to sometimes heavy snowfall will accompany this storm, though its quick movement will limit accumulations,” said Steamboat-based meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, of the SnowAlarm blog.

He expected 5 to 10 inches of light snow will accumulate at Steamboat Ski Area by Sunday morning.

A weaker storm Sunday is expected to bring another 2 to 5 inches of snow by Monday morning.

Weissbluth said the associated cold front actually will warm up the weather at lower elevations. Winds will mix the stagnant valley air and break up the inversion that has resulted in higher temperatures in recent days at higher elevations.

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High pressure is expected to build over the area by the middle of next week. This will result in drier, warmer weather before more storms are expected to move into the region next weekend.

Backcountry avalanche conditions Friday were rated as moderate.

“Don’t let the moderate danger rating lull you into complacency,” the Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported Friday. “While natural avalanche activity is unlikely, it is possible for a person to trigger a large and deadly slide on most slopes steeper than 35 degrees.”

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