Steamboat to see clear skies starting Thursday |

Steamboat to see clear skies starting Thursday

Pillows of snow dot the Yampa River on Wednesday.

— Following a storm system that has dropped more than two feet of snow in the city, Steamboat Springs will get a break as residents rest their snowblowers and shovels, visitors recuperate from days of powder skiing and both remember what the sun looks like.

Thursday will bring clear skies after near-constant snowfall since late Friday.

After a chilly negative 8 degrees forecast for Thursday night, Steamboat will warm slightly as daytime highs approach the mid-30s through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The sunny weather will persist into next week.

There is a storm on the horizon, but it's unclear whether its path will bring snow to Steamboat.

"There's considerable uncertainty with where it will track at this point," Travis Booth, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said about the system cuing up for early next week.

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"The models are not in unison," Booth said. One model shows the storm moving through the four corners area, making snow for Steamboat unlikely, and another shows the storm moving straight through the state, which might lend snow to Routt County.

"We're playing it real conservative because we're not sure where it might be headed," he said about the National Weather Service's forecast of no snow for Steamboat early next week.

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