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Cold northwest flow could bring a wave of modest snowfall to Park Range and Steamboat

— Steamboat's next chance for precipitation arrives late Tuesday with rain in the valley and as much as 1 to 4 inches of snow on top of Mount Werner. But colder weather could seep in on Wednesday and produce the first measurable snow of the season on the valley floor.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for a 30 percent chance of rain mixed with snow Tuesday night, changing to a 40 percent chance of snow on Wednesday and a high temperature of 42 degrees. But the cold weather begins to hold sway Wednesday night with a low of 23 and a 40 percent chance of precipitation. Thursday night could see ideal snowmaking conditions with a low of 19 degrees.

Steamboat-based meteorologist Mike Weissbluth of the SnowAlarm blog predicts the upper elevations of Steamboat Ski Area could see 1 to 4 inches of snow Tuesday. But the best chance of snow, he said, comes Wednesday night, followed by more on Thursday night.

"The mountain-top winds turn from the southwest to the northwest Wednesday evening, which should increase the snowfall rates, especially on the hill," Weissbluth said. "I expect 3 to 6 inches of snow by Thursday evening at the Steamboat Ski Area and maybe an inch or two in town."

After a brief intermission Thursday night, another wave of cold northwest flow brings more snow on Friday, with the potential for another inch or so in town and an additional 3 to six inches on the hill, he added.

The cold moisture arrives after a drier-than-normal month of October.

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Steamboat Springs saw a little less than an inch of precipitation in October compared to the average of 2.17 inches.

The warmest day of the month was the high of 81 degrees recorded on Oct. 2, and the average daily high was 65.3, well above the "normal" 57.7 degrees. The coldest temperature was 22 degrees on Oct. 28 and 29. However, the average daily low was 31.7 degrees compared to the normal 26.1.

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