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No new snow in the forecast

NWS: More precipitation likely to hit next week

Gary E. Salazar

— The snow already on the ground will have to do for anyone hoping for a white Christmas.

No new snow is forecast until next week.

Residents and visitors in Routt County will not have to deal with snowstorms but instead with a cold front that is setting in from the north, said John Kyle of the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

“It is going to be cold and dry for the next several days,” Kyle said. “There is not going to be any snow anytime soon.”

Traditionally, there is snow on the ground in Steamboat Springs for Christmas, but chances of an actual snowstorm vary, Kyle said.

“Denver has a 1 in 10 chance of snow on Christmas every year,” he said. “For Steamboat, the chances for snow are better.”

Kyle said the chance for snow on Christmas Day here is about 1 in 7.

This area’s typography, which presents upslope conditions, provides good conditions for snowstorms, which travel west to east, Kyle said.

However, moisture in the atmosphere is not being generated because of a cold front that has situated itself in the Great Lakes region.

“Cold Canadian air has moved into the area,” Kyle said. “This front is pushing down cold air into the northern Rockies, Nebraska and the Midwest.”

Routt County residents got a taste of the cold weather, which is expected to last until Sunday, on Monday morning.

Residents awoke to a chilly Christmas Eve. At about 8 a.m., temperatures across the valley were well below zero, which included downtown Steamboat Springs.

In West Routt County, Doug Monger had the task of feeding his livestock in frigid weather Monday morning.

“It was 20 below out at the ranch,” Monger said. “It is cold.”

The frigid weather is forecasted to continue. Kyle said temperatures for the rest of the week will be similar to Monday’s weather.

Kyle said residents here can expect high temperatures of between 25 and 32 degrees. The lows for the week will be in the single digits, he said.

“There is a slight chance for snow later this week, but it is not going to be great,” Kyle said. “The next snowstorm will probably happen next week.”

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