Snow in forecast for Steamboat’s Winter Carnival |

Snow in forecast for Steamboat’s Winter Carnival

Adam Elmers rides down Lincoln Avenue on a shovel pulled by a galloping horse during the Shovel Race.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Mother Nature might bring a couple of inches of fresh snow to the Winter Carnival festivities happening in Steamboat Springs on Saturday morning.

But spectators looking to take in the big firework show at Howelsen Hill will want to bundle up and perhaps bring some extra layers.

"It's going to be a chilly night," National Weather Service forecaster Michael Charnick said.

The temperature Saturday night is expected to drop to the mid to upper teens around the time of the firework show before perhaps going all the way down to zero early Sunday morning.

Spectators going downtown for the street events might see 1 to 3 inches of fresh snow by Saturday afternoon, while skiers have a chance of seeing 3 to 6 inches of snow higher up on the ski hill.

"The snow should start around midnight and continue through the morning," Charnick said.

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Charnick described the storm heading for Colorado as a "lighter snow event."

The Weather Service put the chances of snow Saturday at 80 percent.

The weather is expected to be clear on Sunday with rising temperatures.

The Night Extravaganza at Howelsen Hill starts at 7 p.m. Saturday.