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Video: Morning News Update

Topping the news this morning is the weather. Just when things are starting to return to normal, another storm could bring the Front Range back to its knees.

Steamboat Springs also is expected to receive snow from the storm heading into the state today. And while another winter storm could bring powder conditions to the Steamboat Ski Area, it also could cause a repeat of the transportation troubles that plagued Denver and Northwest Colorado last week.

Forecasters still were trying to gauge Wednesday afternoon what track the storm would take – and what its impact would be in Steamboat during the height of this city’s winter tourism season.

It was 26 degrees at 8 a.m. The heavy stuff is expected to fall tonight into tomorrow. Accumulations of more than a foot are possible.

Investigators haven’t determined what caused Tuesday’s fire in a 12-unit condominium building at The Pines, but they don’t think the fire was started intentionally.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Marshall Jay Muhme said Wednesday he is waiting for insurance investigators to arrive in Steamboat Springs before going through The Pines Condominiums building that caught fire at about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday.

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Several maintenance workers were working in the building shortly before the fire began, and investigators are looking into the possibility that the workers started the fire.

Motorists entering the downtown Steamboat Springs corridor may have hit their brakes a little sooner than usual Wednesday – and that’s exactly what Steamboat police officers want.

The police department installed two new radar signs Wednesday that flash the speeds of passing motorists. One of the permanent, solar-powered signs is on Lincoln Avenue near Old Fish Creek Falls Road, and the other is on Lincoln Avenue near the West Lincoln Park. Both locations are entry points to downtown Steamboat.

Swings, slides and a seesaw in the shape of a cat are just three of the wishes for the Laurel Street School and Family Center’s new playground.

Laurel Street recently received a $10,000 matching grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, which means whatever Laurel Street can raise locally, Temple Buell will match that amount dollar for dollar up to $10,000.

The preschool and childcare center already has secured $5,000 from another grant. Other donations include one from the local El Pomar Youth in Community Service group, an in-kind donation from a playground company, and donations from families whose children attend the school. The fundraising deadline is March 15.

In sport, Steamboat Springs’ finest freeriding specialists will be on center stage Friday.

The Jeep Terrain Park Challenge will bring a local field of about 30 skiers and snowboarders to a course near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area for a pair of judged runs.

Ski area spokeswoman Heidi Thomsen said the event replaces last year’s Friday Night Jib-Jams. The free Jeep event is aimed at the apr├âs-ski audience.

The event will move to an earlier afternoon start time, running from 4 to 7 p.m. It will be held at the base of the Headwall trail.

That’s your news for now. Drive carefully and be prepared for the winter weather moving in. And check in with steamboatpilot.com throughout the day for more news updates.