Forecast calls for snow chances to end ahead of Christmas |

Forecast calls for snow chances to end ahead of Christmas

Eric Carlson clears snow from the driveway of his home on Routt County Road 33A west of Steamboat Springs. Steamboat got several inches of snow this week and another storm is expected to bring more snow to the area through the weekend. (Photo by John F. Russell)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Freshly fallen snow is unlikely on Christmas next week as chances for snow end Wednesday, according to weather forecasts.

Following a relatively snowy week, chances continue for light snow through the weekend before sunny skies and cold air comes into the area next week, according to Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who owns and operates the weather forecasting website

Modest amounts of snow, about 1 to 4 inches, are expected by Friday evening. Additional light snow showers should then form Saturday afternoon and evening, with another round of snow showers currently forecast for Sunday and Sunday night, bringing another 1 to 4 inches, according to Weissbluth.

Sunny conditions will appear over the area before a cold Arctic air mass is expected to enter the local area late Tuesday along with some light snow, Weissbluth said. That will persist into Wednesday morning.

According to Weissbluth, there is some agreement between weather forecast models that the ridge of high pressure will move over the area starting on Christmas Day. That, he said, will bring sun and warmer temperatures, especially at higher elevations.

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Chances for snow return after Christmas, though the timing is uncertain. Weissbluth said a discrepancy between forecast models calls for light snow to either come early or later in the weekend after Christmas.

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