Another storm could hit Steamboat Tuesday
April 3, 2016
Steamboat Springs — A complicated jet stream pattern during the next two weeks could bring moderate snowfall to Steamboat Ski Area this week and immediately following the mountain's scheduled closing April 10.
A Sunday afternoon forecast from local meteorologist Mike Weissbluth of snowalarm.com predicts that mostly clear weather Monday could turn to showers Monday evening before a storm hits the area Tuesday.
The National Weather Service on Sunday was calling for a high of 56 on Monday with mostly sunny skies and a 10 percent chance of afternoon showers, turning to a 40 percent chance of showers overnight.
"Winter returns on Tuesday, as a quick moving storm from the Pacific Northwest brings snow and breezy to windy northwest winds to the area," Weissbluth said in the forecast.
He said the storm could produce four to eight inches by Wednesday morning.
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Weissbluth said skies are then expected to clear and spring will return midweek and into the beginning of the weekend.
According to the NWS, sunny skies are expected Wednesday through the rest of the week, with highs ranging from 47 on Wednesday to 55 on Thursday and 59 on Friday. Overnight lows are forecast to be in the mid to upper 20s, and reaching 33 on Friday night.
Another system could begin impacting Steamboat about midday Saturday, bringing rain to the valley and snow to higher elevations, Weissbluth said.
"There is a lot of energy in the Pacific, and at least the American GFS is forecasting an active and wet period for the following week," Weissbluth said.
Weissbluth said it is a shame that the ski area is closing as likely significant snows will continue the following week.