Expect negative early morning temperatures throughout week in Steamboat

Teresa Ristow

— Frigid temperatures falling well below 0 overnight and into the early morning hours are expected throughout the week in Steamboat Springs, according to forecasts by the National Weather Service and local meteorologist Mike Weissbluth.

Temperatures dropped below 0 about 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, and on Sunday, were hovering at just below 0 after noon, warming up from -20 earlier in the morning.

Meanwhile, upper mountain temperatures at the Steamboat Ski Area were as warm as 18 degrees by midday Sunday, said Weissbluth, who runs

Weissbluth said he expects Monday’s weather to be similar to Sunday’s.

“Monday should be a repeat of (Sunday) before a dry wave drags some more cold air over the area early on Tuesday, cooling mountain temperatures but, ironically, bringing some warming to the valley as the strong temperature inversion is moderated,” Weissbluth said in a Sunday afternoon forecast.

The National Weather Service was predicting temperatures to drop to -13 overnight Sunday, with wind chill values as low as -25, before warming up to 19 degrees, with wind chill values remaining at -25, in Steamboat during the day Monday. The NWS forecast temperatures to drop to -2 Monday night and skies to remain clear before warming to 16 degrees Tuesday. Tuesday is also expected to bring the possibility of more snow to the region.

Weissbluth said the chance of snow Tuesday would result from weak northwest and northern storms, which would continue to bring cold temperatures.

By Wednesday, forecasting models predict light, fluffy snow will be likely all day and into Thursday before skies clear later in the day, Weissbluth said.

“Depending on when the snow starts, there may be several inches of snow on the hill by Wednesday morning and 3 to six inches by Thursday morning,” Weissbluth predicted.

According to the NWS, temperatures are expected to remain brisk, with highs in the mid-teens Wednesday through Friday and overnight lows ranging from -4 and -10.

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