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Chance for snow returns to Steamboat area

— Weather forecasters are calling for snow, but perhaps not as much as they initially thought.

The first band of snow is expected to move into the area tonight and possibly bring a couple of inches at Steamboat Ski Area for Thanksgiving Day.

“The chances for snowfall Thursday and possibly Friday look good, though models have trended significantly weaker with the storm for the Steamboat Springs area,” Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth wrote on his blog at snowalarm.com.

Weissbluth is calling for between one and three inches of snow on both Thursday and Friday.

Joel Gratz, with opensnow.com, was predicting between two and four inches of snow Thursday.

“The storm responsible for this snow is going to stall over the western United States for about five days, and these slow-moving storms lead to difficult and often inaccurate forecasts,” Gratz wrote. “This is the reason why I am going low on snow amounts, as I would rather be surprised with more snow than forecast instead of being disappointed by lower snow amounts compared to what I predict."

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A break in the weather during the weekend will be followed by another chance of snow Sunday afternoon.

“I expect the best snows to occur after the storm moves over the area, and cool and moist northwest flow is established by early Monday,” Weissbluth said.

Weissbluth expects another break in the weather before the next chance of snow near the end of next week.

After a warm Wednesday, with a high of 41 degrees, the National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for high temperatures around 30 and low overnight temperatures in the teens through Saturday night.

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