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Steamboat Ski Area closes out march with below-average snowfall

Skiers take a break from skiing Friday outside the Steamboat Ski Area’s Four Points Lodge.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A couple standout powder days were not enough to help the Steamboat Ski Area reach its average March snowfall.

The ski area received 36.25 inches of snow in March compared to the 20-year average of 48.39 inches.

Memorable days from the past month included March 19 when the 5 a.m. snow measurement showed nine inches at mid-mountain and 14 inches at the summit. Most of that snow fell after the lifts closed the previous day.

The second biggest day this past month was Thursday when seven inches of new snow was reported at mid-mountain.

Steamboat fared much better last month compared to March 2017 when a record-low 11.25 inches of snow fell. That contributed to the ski area closing some lower mountain ski runs a week before closing day. The pond skim event was also cancelled.

As of Sunday, the snow total for this season stood at 229 inches. On average, the ski area receives 327 inches of snow each season.

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The ski area during the month of April gets an average of 14.66 inches of snow, and two inches of new snow was reported at 1 p.m. Sunday for the first day of April.

The ski area closes for the season April 15.

Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, wrote Sunday that another storm would impact the area Monday.

"While the storm will bring a good cold front through northern Colorado with a period of moderate to heavy snow, moisture is sparse, which will limit our accumulations," Weissbluth wrote. "While we may see some showers develop ahead of the front by Monday afternoon, the bulk of the two to five inches of snow I expect should fall between sunset and midnight on Monday.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for daytime temperatures to be in the 50s this week except for Tuesday when they are calling for a high of 40 degrees.

Overnight low temperatures Monday and Tuesday night are expected to be in the teens.

A storm Friday is expected to be accompanied by warm weather, which could mean rain for the lower elevations.

"Meanwhile, a large and strong Pacific storm with good moisture and cold air crosses the West Coast early in the weekend, bringing heavy precipitation to that area before affecting our weather as soon as Saturday afternoon with some warm showers," Weissbluth wrote. "A weakening cold front is currently forecast to move through our region around Saturday night as the storm evolves, and significant precipitation is likely for Saturday night and Sunday, which possibly extends into the new work week."

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