Snowy week forecast for Steamboat Springs
March 13, 2016
Steamboat Springs — It could be a snowy week in Steamboat Springs if Sunday forecasts hold true.
Clouds were expected to build up Sunday night with snow showers on Mount Werner beginning by sunrise Monday, according to a forecast from Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com.
Weissbluth predicted snow to be moderate to heavy on the mountain by noon, with rain showers turning to snow showers in the valley as the day goes on.
"Winds will increase through the day becoming very windy and creating blowing snow, making travel difficult," Weissbluth said. "Additionally, locally intense snowfall with the some thunder may be possible later in the afternoon as the atmosphere destabilizes."
The National Weather Service predicted a daytime high Monday of 40 degrees, with one to two inches of snow accumulation possible.
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Weissbluth said that as of Sunday afternoon, forecasts indicated that as much as eight to 16 inches of snow could be on the ground by Tuesday morning, though some forecasts predicted a few inches less.
The first part of the storm beginning Monday introduces a long series of waves of moderate to heavy snowfall that will last through the week, Weissbluth said.
"Snowfall should continue Tuesday with current forecasts having as much as five to 10 inches of additional snow by Wednesday morning," Weissbluth wrote in his forecast.
Snow is expected to continue Wednesday through Friday with significantly less accumulation on the valley floor compared to Mount Werner.
Weissbluth said storm accumulations by Saturday morning could be impressive and exceed two or three feet before the storm cycle is forecast to end at the end of the weekend.
The National Weather Service is predicting daytime highs hovering about 30 degrees for Tuesday through Saturday, with overnight lows about 12 degrees.