Meteorologist warns of another freezing night |

Meteorologist warns of another freezing night

The snow shower that swept through Steamboat Springs at dawn Wednesday coated flowering crabapple trees. The forecast overnight into today anticipated temperatures might dip into the 20s.

— The cold front that brought snow to Steamboat Springs on Wednesday morning has moved on, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be cold tonight.

National Weather Service forecaster Aldis Strautins said Steamboat could see its second straight night of temperatures dipping into the high 20s.

Wednesday’s weather front brought 1.75 inches of snow to the weather station Art Judson maintains at a location between downtown Steamboat and the ski mountain. Judson is counting the day’s snow totals to the winter of 2007-08.

“This brings the total winter’s snowfall to 284.1 inches,” Judson said. Judson added that Tim Magill reported 3 inches of snow at his cabin situated at 9,750 feet near Hahn’s Peak.

Strautins said that after the moisture blew across the Continental Divide on Wednesday afternoon it opened up the possibility of radiating cooling.

“It was 30 degrees on top of Storm Peak at 3:15 p.m.,” Strautins said. “Right in Steamboat, overnight temperatures will probably be 28 to 30 (Wednesday night). But as you get up into higher terrain, not that far out of town, it’s going into the mid-20s.”

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Strautins said a similar pattern would prevail tonight despite a gradual warming trend during the day.

The official forecast issued by the National Weather Service in Grand Junction for today calls for southwest winds blowing at 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts to 35 mph.

Friday is expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the 60s and moderate winds.

Judson observed that a fellow avalanche forecaster reported extreme weather Wednesday in the Pacific Northwest. Camp Muir in Mount Rainier National Park logged 70 mile per hour winds. Higher up on the mountain, 2 feet of snow fell and blew into 5-foot drifts. One climber died in Wednesday’s extreme weather on Mount Rainier, and rescuers were coming to the aid of two more.

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