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Rain, snow showers likely for closing weekend

— Meteorologists said closing weekend at the Steamboat Ski Area could be accompanied by rain, as well as snow at the higher elevations.

After another sunny day Wednesday that saw a high of 56 degrees, Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, said clouds and moisture will build in the area Friday. Friday night, he is calling for rain showers in the valley and snow at higher elevations, with minimal accumulations.

A Pacific storm then follows, but Weissbluth said the storm will split, and weather computer models are having a difficult time predicting how much the storm will impact the region.

"Regardless, more low elevations rain showers and higher elevations snow showers are expected during the day Saturday as the southern stream crosses the southern California coast," Weissbluth wrote on his blog.

He expects warm weather with rain showers Sunday, which is Closing Day at the ski area.

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"After this initial moisture surge on Friday night, Saturday through Sunday should be partly to mostly cloudy with some showers around, but likely not steady precipitation," wrote Joel Gratz, who runs opensnow.com. "Again, temperatures will be warm, so snow levels will be high, around 10,000 feet."

Beyond closing weekend, snow conditions should continue to be good for those planning to hike or skin up the ski area.

"There is a lot of energy in the Pacific, and an active period is forecast for the following week, with models disagreeing on another possibly major storm around Wednesday," Weissbluth said. "It's a shame that Steamboat is planning to close Sunday, as the mountain bases will likely continue to build through April."

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