Below zero overnight temperatures to arrive in Yampa Valley after Wednesday snowstorm |

Below zero overnight temperatures to arrive in Yampa Valley after Wednesday snowstorm

Trees are covered in fresh snow in the Morningside area of Steamboat Resort on Christmas Day. (Photo by Katie Berning)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — After a three-day storm system dropped 14 inches of snow at midmountain at Steamboat Resort over the holiday weekend, another storm is headed to the Yampa Valley.

Snow is expected to start falling Tuesday before sunset, with the heaviest snow falling Wednesday morning.

“Nothing particularly heavy, but it’s looking like overnight to sunrise there is a heavier band that’s going to move through,” National Weather Service meteorologist intern Scott Stearns said.

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Only 1 to 2 inches of snow is expected to accumulate in Steamboat Springs with more at higher elevations, he said.

The previous system brought better snow totals to the Yampa Valley, partially because of ideal temperatures, according to Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs

“Accumulations were maximized by ideal temperatures in the 5 F to 12 F range, which promotes the production of fluffy and low-density snowflakes that form the classic and well-known branched snowflake called a dendrite,” Weissbluth wrote in his blog.

After the storm moves out of the area Wednesday evening, lower temperatures are expected to settle into the Yampa Valley through the end of the week.

“The overnight temperatures are going to drop pretty significantly,” Stearns said, with lows falling below zero starting on Thursday night.

The coldest night in the forecast is Friday with a low of minus 10, he said.

Daytime temperatures should warm slightly into the mid-20s later this weekend before the next chance of snow arrives.

“Looks like we’ve got increased precipitation chances in our forecast for Sunday night,” Stearns said.

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