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Snowless streak ends: Steamboat welcomes season’s first major storm (with photo gallery, video)

Steamboat Springs was abuzz with activity Friday morning as snowplows swept the streets, residents shoveled sidewalks and driveways, and many headed to the slopes for the first powder day of the season.

The winter storm that began late Thursday and into Friday afternoon dumped 18.4 inches of snow near Mount Zirkel in North Routt County, the third largest accumulation from the storm, according to forecasters. Between 4-6 inches of snow fell in Steamboat, while 10 1/2 inches were reported midmountain at Steamboat Resort.

Routt County remains under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. Forecasters predict another 4-6 inches of snow could fall by day’s end along Rabbit Ears Pass and at higher elevations in the county.



Phil Howard shovels snow in front of his home Friday in downtown Steamboat Springs.
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A snowplow clears streets early Friday afternoon in downtown Steamboat Springs.
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A fresh layer of snow and ice clings to a group of mailboxes along Routt County Road 14 south of Steamboat.
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Despite Friday’s fresh snowfall, the snowguns at Howeslen Hill Ski Area were still hard at work.
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Fresh snow blankets cars in downtown Steamboat Springs.
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Mariah Weise pulls her son Easton on a sled through an alley in downtown Steamboat while her husband, Zack Weise, pulls their daughter Gracie in the background.
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Hundreds flocked to Steamboat Resort on Friday morning to enjoy the first powder day of the season.
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The slopes were a little crowded, as just five runs were open at Steamboat Resort on Friday morning.
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Later in the morning, the recently relocated gondola was opened, allowing access to Heavenly Daze.
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