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Snowfall likely in Steamboat Springs by mid-week

Teresa Ristow

Steamboat Springs residents Alex Masse, left, and Mindy Mulliken ride in the Buffalo Pass area under the changing aspen trees last fall.

— Steamboat Springs residents could see the season's first valley floor snowfall this week as temperatures drop and storms roll through.

A Pacific storm was forecast to rip across the Great Basin Sunday before the first of two pieces of the storm crosses Steamboat on Monday, bringing a breezy cold front, according to Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com.

"Breezy southwest flow will veer to the west and northwest when the front passes, with a band of showers moving through around noon or early afternoon," Weissbluth wrote in a Sunday forecast.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are forecast to reach the mid-50s Monday, with southwest wind at 10 to 15 miles per hour.

"We've got a cold front pushing through," said Dennis Phillips, meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Grand Junction office, on Sunday. "Things will be changing."

Much of the storm will be deflected north, and the weather should dry out later Monday and into Tuesday, but temperatures will remain cool, according to Weissbluth.

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Temperatures are expected to reach only the upper 40s during the day Tuesday and Wednesday, with overnight lows in the mid-20s.

More waves of weather will eventually lead to moisture, with showers and a chance of snow expected in town by Wednesday, Weissbluth said.

"It will be cold enough for snow on Mount Werner, and we may see some snowflakes in the valley around Wednesday afternoon or evening," Weissbluth wrote Sunday.

Phillips reported that snow would likely come overnight Wednesday.

"It looks like there could be snowflakes falling in Steamboat Wednesday night," Phillips said.

The chance of snowfall continues into Thursday, when temperatures are again only expected to reach the mid-40s.

"The waves of energy continue for Thursday and into the overnight, with continued snow on Mount Werner and snow showers likely in the valley," Weissbluth said. "While accumulations on the still-warm paved surfaces are unlikely, there may be some accumulations on the grassy areas."

A hazardous weather outlook issued early Sunday by the National Weather Service for eastern Utah and western Colorado, including the Yampa River basin, was expected to last through the week.

By Friday, warmer and drier weather should return to the area, with temperatures forecast to rise to 51 Friday and 58 by Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

To read narratives of the Steamboat Springs area forecast or sign up to have them sent via email, visit snowalarm.com.

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