Storm system could drop 8 inches |

Storm system could drop 8 inches

Melinda Dudley

— A storm system moving into the Yampa Valley on Sunday is poised to drop more snow on Steamboat Springs, with less than three weeks to go until opening day at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Only 2 to 3 inches of snow are expected to fall in town Sunday and Monday, National Weather Service meteorologist Troy Lindquist said, but the higher elevations of Mount Werner can expect as much as 8 inches of powder.

Snow also is possible later next week in Steamboat and the nearby mountains, Lindquist said.

The Steamboat Ski Area reported a 7-inch base Friday after snowfall earlier this week, and snowmaking crews have been busy since midnight Tuesday, thanks to low temperatures.

Daytime high temperatures are forecast to hover between the mid-30s and low-40s into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

The slopes at Steamboat are poised to open Nov. 26 for Scholarship Day, which benefits Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

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Season ski passes will be accepted at the ski area beginning Nov. 27, which is Thanksgiving Day, but passholders with Intrawest’s Rocky Mountain Ultimate Pass can get a head start on making some turns. Copper Mountain opened Friday, and Winter Park is scheduled to open Nov. 19.

With the flakes falling not only on the slopes, but also on the highway, Drew Moon, of Bob’s Conoco, encouraged drivers to winterize their vehicles now before the weather starts causing them problems.

“You don’t want to wait until there’s a three-week wait to get snow tires put on,” Moon said. “Plan ahead. You know winter’s coming.”

In addition to keeping one’s vehicle in tip-top shape to avoid cold weather breakdowns, Moon advised drivers to keep emergency supplies in their car just in case, including boots, gloves, and a shovel.

“You don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road with a dead battery in the snow,” Moon said.

Moon advised drivers to get their battery checked, make sure their tires are properly inflated and to check fluid levels often.

“Frozen antifreeze will make your car run very badly, even break your engine,” he said. “Block heaters are good to look into, too.”

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