After a week of heavy snow in Steamboat Springs, mild conditions predicted for the weekend
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – This week’s flurry of snowstorms has been a welcome gift for powder pursuers. The heavy snowfall should continue through Friday night before tapering off over the weekend. More snow is on the horizon for Monday.
A winter storm warning is currently in effect through Friday for the mountains around Steamboat Springs, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
Tom Renwick, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, expects the surrounding mountains to see 4 to 9 inches of new snow by Saturday morning.
Colorado meteorologist and ski enthusiast Joel Gratz, who runs the website OpenSnow.com, has been monitoring snow conditions at Steamboat Resort and expects similar snow accumulation.
Gratz predicts that cold temperatures will accompany Friday’s storm.
“This will keep conditions soft, and this could mean that you’ll find deep and fluffy powder on Saturday morning as well,” Gratz wrote in his forecast.
The ski area has gained more than 41 inches of new snow in the last seven days, beginning with a record-setting snow accumulation on Jan. 18. Snowpack on the mountain is at 115 percent compared to its 30-year average, according to Gratz.
“The conditions on the mountain are clearly outstanding with all this fresh snow,” said Mike Weissbluth, a local meteorologist who runs snowalarm.com.
Weissbluth predicts Friday’s snowfall will end Saturday morning. Periodic, light flurries may hit throughout the weekend as a result of a high-pressure system moving from the West Coast.
After a mild weekend, Weissbluth forecasts 3 to 6 inches of snow accumulation on Monday accompanied by cold temperatures.
He added that next week’s weather should be milder, but he predicts heavier snowfall by early February. He even calls for some sunshine by Tuesday.
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