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Steamboat Ski Area logs 22.5 inches of snow over 3 days

Jett Nemec plays in the snow with 9-month-old Kaida Rose, the family dog, in Little Toots Park in downtown Steamboat Springs on Tuesday.

— If 22.5 inches of snow at Steamboat Ski Area in 72 hours was not enough, weather forecasters say more is on the way.

Snow is expected to start again Wednesday afternoon and last through Friday, according to Steamboat-based meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs http://www.snowalarm.com.

"I expect only minimal accumulations, if at all, during the day Wednesday," Weissbluth wrote. "A weak front passes through near the end of the day, and that is when I expect snowfall to increase and become steadier."

Snowfall could be light Thursday with rising temperatures. Between Wednesday and Friday, Weissbluth is calling for between 4 and 8 inches of snow.

Friday night should be dry, but snow should return Saturday afternoon and go into Sunday.

"Another very brief break that may only last Sunday afternoon before a period of moist northwest flow sets up over our area by Sunday night," Weissbluth wrote. "Snows will be mostly light through Tuesday, though an enhancement may occur later Monday as some cool air moves over the area."

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Northwest flow generally favors ski resorts north of Interstate 70, including Steamboat.

"We’ll be right on the edge of the heaviest precipitation, so a slight shift in the storm track could make for much more or much less snow," wrote Joel Gratz, with http://www.opensnow.com.

Looking ahead, it could be a very white Christmas in Steamboat.

"Current timing has heavy snows and plunging temperatures for us on Christmas Day, though of course that is subject to change as that forecast is a week away," Weissbluth wrote.

Outside of the ski area in the backcountry, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center was reporting a moderate avalanche danger for the Steamboat zone.

"Your chances of triggering a large and dangerous avalanche are greatest on shadier northwest through northeast and east-facing slopes," the organization reported Tuesday.

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