Is there a white Christmas in store for Steamboat Springs?
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It looks to be cold during the upcoming holiday, but it is still uncertain whether it will be a white Christmas in Steamboat Springs.
According to local meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, we should see snow this week leading up to the Dec. 25 holiday.
For Monday and Tuesday, Weissbluth is calling for a mix of clouds and sun.
Above average temperatures and mostly sunny skies should be expected Wednesday ahead of possible snow.
“Winter solstice arrives Thursday morning at 9:28 a.m., and will be closely followed by a blast of real winter weather,” Weissbluth wrote. “The Gulf of Alaska storm will have mixed with some cold air from western Canada as it moves through the Great Basin, and a strong cold front is forecast to move through northern Colorado sometime during the first day of winter.”
He said there will be snow ahead of the cold front Thursday and the snow will be moderate to heavy as it moves through.
“At this point, 4 to 8 inches of snow is possible for the Friday morning Steamboat ski report, though the forecast amounts will likely change as the Great Basin storm evolves,” Weissbluth said.
There will then be another storm approaching from the northwest coast.
“While it looks likely that Christmas weekend will be cold, there is uncertainty as to how snowy it may be,” Weissbluth said.
The low temperature Thursday night is expected to get down to 1 degree, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
There is a possibility for light to moderate snow Friday through Sunday.
After that the weather forecast models get a little more complicated and uncertain.
“The evolution of this complex pattern will determine if the snow and cold stick around for the last week of 2017,” Weissbluth said.
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