Steamboat springs back to winter |

Steamboat springs back to winter

Snow expected to fall at least through next week

The official start of spring arrived Friday, but Wednesday's winter storm reminded Steamboat Springs resident Merari Sainz that it's nice to have a snow shovel handy. Sainz was using his shovel to remove snow from the walkway in front of LIFT-UP.
John F. Russell

— The tease of spring disappeared and will remain out of reach until at least next week, forecasters said Wednesday.

Mount Werner and other peaks surrounding Steamboat Springs will remain under a winter storm warning until early Friday morning, as more snow is expected for the next week.

Jim Daniels, a meteorologist in the Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service, said it looks as if this storm front will drop about a foot of snow at higher elevations, with 4 to 7 inches predicted for Steamboat Springs.

“We’ll continue to see unsettled weather all the way into next week,” he said. “And it looks like another storm is set for late in the weekend and maybe on Monday.”

Daniels said snow showers will continue with smaller flurries throughout the end of the week.

“Springtime is a transition season. You often go from the nice weather we had earlier in the month to spring storms that can bring colder weather with it,” Daniels said. “The problem with the nicer weather is that people got used to it.”

Capt. Joel Rae, of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, said his office responded to four weather-related car accidents between 8 and 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. None of those accidents resulted in injuries.

Sgt. Scott Elliott, of the Colorado State Patrol, said there were a couple of minor slide-off accidents because of the weather but no major accidents or injuries. Several cars also were reported off the road Monday and Tuesday as the snow began to fall.

Steamboat Ski Area reported 10 inches at mid-mountain in the 48 hours leading to Wednesday morning, and 12 inches at the base in the previous 72 hours. The snow base at mid-mountain is reported to be 64 inches, with 93 inches at the summit.

The forecast for the Steamboat area shows winds will continue to increase during the end of this week, with an 80 percent chance of snow today and winds as strong as 10 to 15 miles per hour.

Thursday night, the low is expected to decline to 6 degrees, with a 60 percent chance of snow.

Saturday’s forecast predicts a high of 45 degrees with a high of 41 on Sunday, when there also is a chance of rain or snow.

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