Snow piles up in Steamboat Springs |

Snow piles up in Steamboat Springs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — As of Monday morning, the early October storm had dumped 17 inches of snow at the top of Steamboat Ski Area.

"I would assume our webcams are blowing up because the Powder Cam is impressive," ski area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said.

The camera at 10,384 feet on the top of Sunshine Peak on Monday afternoon was showing 40-degree temperatures and a storm snow total of about 20 inches.

"Right now we're happy," Kasten said. "We're excited to get the snow message out."

To get that message out the ski area was distributing photos to media, sending emails to potential customers and posting to social media.

At mid-mountain, the ski area had received 10 inches of snow by Monday morning.

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"And obviously that number will keep growing because it's still snowing," Kasten said.

The ski area begins tracking its season snowfall on Oct. 1 of every year.

The storm created some issues though.

Homes and businesses were experiencing blinking lights and power outages caused by heavy, wet snow, which was loading up power lines and trees.

"As the trees shed their snow load or limbs break and fall into the power lines, they cause the power issues we are experiencing today," Yampa Valley Electric Association member outreach supervisor Jim Jennings said.

Throughout the YVEA system, there were 338 members without power.

"Crews are currently working on these outages to restore power,” Jennings said. “We are handling these outages one by one, restoring power to those affected."

The snow was also creating issues on the roads.

A chain law was enacted Sunday night for commercial vehicles on U.S. Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass.

On Monday morning, Rabbit Ears was closed after a semi jackknifed. It was about two hours before the road was reopened.

Also in the area, a car crashed into the back of a semi. Minor damage was reported.

"People really need to slow down on snowy, icy roads," Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said.

Elliott said it is a good time of year to put on snow tires for the winter.

By mid-afternoon Monday, the roads were wet and snow had mostly cleared on Rabbit Ears giving way to snow-covered fall foliage.

On Monday night, temperatures were expected to drop to the lowest so far this season.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction was calling for a low temperature of 20 degrees.
"Below normal temperatures will persist into Wednesday as the sun’s energy goes into melting the snow rather than warming the atmosphere," said local meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs

The high Tuesday is expected to be 48 degrees.

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