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Steamboat could see warm temps, rain, snow this week

Teresa Ristow







— Steamboat Springs residents and visitors can expect to see every type of weather this week, with forecasts calling for periods of sun, rain and snow.

Warm winter temperatures are expected to continue, with a mix of rain and snow in the valley and snowfall in the mountains, according to Sunday forecasts.

After a sunny Super Bowl Sunday afternoon, snow could hit Mount Werner by Monday afternoon, according to a forecast by Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com.

"Mainly light precipitation should turn to all snow and continue overnight, leaving 1 to 4 inches on the Tuesday morning report," Weissbluth said.

The National Weather Service Sunday afternoon was predicting in-town temperatures to reach 36 degrees Monday and fall to 25 degrees overnight.

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On Tuesday, Weissbluth said a cold front is expected to pass over the area, increasing snowfall rates and decreasing snow density.

The National Weather Service was predicting temperatures to cool to a high of 30 degrees Tuesday in town.

Weissbluth expects temperatures to warm later in the day Tuesday and into Wednesday, before snowfall picks up again during the day Wednesday and into Wednesday night.

"Snowfall estimates for the hill are tough due to the varying temperatures and its affect on the snow density, but I would expect 6 to 12 inches of snow by Wednesday morning and another 2 to 5 inches during the day that will be reported Thursday morning," Weissbluth said.

The National Weather Service was predicting a mix of rain and snow in town during the day Wednesday, with a high of 38 degrees.

Warmer weather — in the low to mid 40s — is expected to arrive Thursday and Friday, providing comfortable temperatures and continuing precipitation for the weekend's Winter Carnival.

"Temperatures will be even warmer, with rain likely in the valley and snow showers above mid-mountain during the day Friday before cooler air arrives by nightfall, turning the rain to snow," Weissbluth said. "Significant accumulations are expected by Saturday morning before cooler and drier air ends the snows by later Saturday."

Readers can see more of the forecast or sign up to receive updates via email at snowalarm.com.

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