Some snowflakes and lots of rain expected in the Yampa Valley this weekend |

Some snowflakes and lots of rain expected in the Yampa Valley this weekend

The rain made for a wet commute Friday morning in Steamboat Springs.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — We hope you enjoyed sipping cocktails on area patios in 70-degree weather this week because the forecast looks downright dreary.

The first round of the storm system moved over Steamboat Springs on Friday morning, and there’s lots more rain — and even snow — ahead.

“Though accumulating snows will occur above 9000′ or so, snowflakes will be possible down to the Yampa Valley floor by later Friday into Saturday morning,” area meteorologist Mike Weissbluth wrote in his blog.

Despite all that moisture, cooling weather is expected to put the Yampa River on a downward trend at least through Wednesday. The river was flowing at 1,790 cubic feet per second Friday morning and had been on the rise since Sunday.

The weekend storms are forecast to add to the snowpack above 9,000 feet, which is about the elevation of Thunderhead Lodge at Steamboat Resort. It was already snowing Friday morning at 10,384 feet on Sunshine Peak.

The snowpack in the Yampa and White river basins remains above average for this time of year at 116% of normal as of Wednesday. The Tower measuring site at 10,500 feet on Buffalo Pass had 110 inches of snow, or 55.3 inches of snow-water equivalent, as of Friday morning, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s are forecast through at least the next week, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction. Average highs for this time of year are in the mid-60s.

And the wet weather isn’t expected to clear anytime soon.

“The unsettled weather could turn stormier with wet weather possible for almost every day in the following work week,” Weissbluth wrote.

To reach Nicole Miller, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @millerna.

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