Steamboat ski area sees double-digit snow totals from storm
January 11, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It is beginning to feel like winter again in Steamboat Springs.
A storm on Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning dropped 7 inches of snow at mid-mountain at Steamboat Ski Area and 11 inches at the summit.
Ski areas along the Interstate 70 corridor reported between 3 and 5 inches of snow.
More snow was expected Thursday night and Friday.
Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, was expecting 1 to 4 inches of snow by Friday morning at the ski area and an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow through the first part of the day.
"This storm will be an orographic event by the time it reaches Steamboat Springs, which means that precipitation will form as the air is lifted and subsequently cooled as it impinges on the Park Mountain Range," Weissbluth wrote.
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The snow will freshen up the slopes for a few days before high pressure brings mostly dry weather next week.
Looking ahead, Weissbluth sees a "potentially large and significant winter storm" that could impact the region next weekend.
Joel Gratz, who runs opensnow.com, agrees with Weissbluth.
"Most (computer) models agree that this will be a significant system, and that type of agreement is rare for an eight-day forecast, so my confidence is higher than average for this system," Gratz wrote.
According to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, high temperatures through Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday are expected to be in the mid-30s.