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More than a foot of snow predicted in Steamboat for Thanksgiving week: travelers cautioned

Blake Jones cleans the snow off of his car in downtown Steamboat Springs in October. Meteorologists are urging travelers to be cautious on Thanksgiving week amid two major storm systems expected to bring more than a foot of snow to the area.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Meteorologists are calling for a snowy Thanksgiving week in and around Steamboat Springs, with up to a foot of accumulation as early as Tuesday morning. 

With multiple storms in the forecast, people are urged to take caution and plan ahead if they have holiday travel plans.

“Travel concerns could be a big problem, starting as early as Monday,” according to local meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs the weather site snowalarm.com. “I suggest people pay attention to the forecast over the coming days.”

He expects the first of two storm systems to hit the area around noon on Monday, Nov. 25. with up to 12 inches of accumulation at higher elevations by Tuesday, Nov. 26. The city of Steamboat could get as much 6 inches, according to Weissbluth.

That comes as good news to skiers and riders wanting to hit the slopes. Steamboat Resort has received 5 inches of fresh snow in the last two days, according to its reports, and officials have said more snow will enable more terrain to open. As of Saturday, Nov. 23, 11 trails and two lifts were accessible, including the newly opened gondola. 

Megan Stackhouse, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, predicts Rabbit Ears Pass to receive about 9 inches of snow by Tuesday. While the Weather Service has not yet issued a travel advisory, she urges people to stay up to date on the road conditions if they plan to travel.

The cooler storm system will cause temperatures to plummet on Monday, according to the Weather Service. It calls for a high of 38 degrees in the day and a low of 9 degrees at night. The chilly temperatures will persist through the early part of the week, with a high of 28 degrees on Tuesday, dipping to a low of 7 degrees at night. 

Weissbluth predicts a break in the inclement weather by late Tuesday, extending into Wednesday. He recommends people take advantage of the window if they are traveling. Scattered showers are possible, but he does not expect any significant accumulation.

The second round of snow is predicted to arrive as early as Thanksgiving Day on Thursday Nov. 28, according to Stackhouse. She is calling for 4 to 8 inches of accumulation in and around Steamboat by Friday, Nov. 29. 

Temperatures should warm for the holiday, with the Weather Service calling for a high near 43 degrees and a low of 20 degrees on Thursday. Friday is the earliest the storm could clear out, according to Stackhouse, but it may persist into Saturday, Nov. 30. 

With the resort open and the hope of more accessible terrain in the coming days, Weissbluth is not risking a trip out of Steamboat for the holiday week. 

“I don’t go anywhere once the ski season starts rolling,” he said. 

To reach Derek Maiolo, call 970-871-4247, email dmaiolo@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @derek_maiolo.


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