Cold front brings chance for snow to Steamboat on Tuesday night

Aspen trees along the popular trail Flash of Gold on Buffalo Pass were at peak color on Sunday, Oct. 9.
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Steamboat Springs has a chance to wake up to some snow this week as a cold front moves through Tuesday night, Oct. 11, that could bring at least a dusting to portions of Mt. Werner.

Temperatures will drop enough as the storm moves in from the northwest. Whether there will be some of the first snow of the season depends on how much moisture comes with the storm, according to local meteorologist Mike Weissbluth.

“It’s not clear if we’re going to get the precipitation out of it,” Weissbluth said. “It’s going to be cold enough for snow, that is pretty much guaranteed. Probably down to Christie Peak if it happens, but it’s just not clear it’s going to happen.”

The snow chances have been shifting as this storm has approached, said Weissbluth, who writes about Steamboat weather at A few days ago models were projecting a few inches before backing off, he said. As the storm moves over the Pacific Northwest, models are again projecting some snow.

“It may be nothing, it could be an inch or two,” Weissbluth said.

As the storm moves in on Tuesday, it will likely be breezy. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction forecasts winds will start at between 5 and 10 mph coming from the south before they shift to coming from the west at 15 to 20 mph later in the day. Gusts could exceed 30 mph.

Weissbluth noted the wind could lead trees with leaves currently peaking around Routt County to drop their colors.

The rest of the week looks to be mostly sunny with temperatures near average for October, which is about 63 degrees. Overnight low temperatures are expected to drop below freezing each night this week.

Weissbluth said the weather pattern looks to be somewhat inactive after Tuesday’s storm, without any more precipitation expected until Oct. 18 or Oct. 19.

“For the next week and a half, it’s going to be more of the same,” Weissbluth said.

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