Steamboat freshens up snowpack with 3 inches of new snow overnight Sunday |

Steamboat freshens up snowpack with 3 inches of new snow overnight Sunday

Snow clings to the handlebars of a bike parked in downtown Steamboat Springs on Monday morning. Residents of Steamboat Springs woke up to a snow-covered landscape.

— The 3 inches of snow that fell at mid-mountain on Steamboat Ski Area early Monday morning didn't amount to a game changer, but it was the most that fell at any Colorado ski area currently operating.

Colorado Ski Country USA reported that Copper Mountain and Crested Butte each picked up 1 inch of snow overnight Sunday, and Loveland chimed in with a half-inch. Vail also reported 1 inch.

A weather station between downtown Steamboat and the mountain reported just more than 1 inch of snow.

The burst of wintry weather may be brief in the valley, however. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is forecasting clearing skies and high temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s through the week.

The next storm system could bring rain to the valley and snow on the mountain at 9,700 feet, but not necessarily ideal snowmaking conditions. The National Weather Service is forecasting a 30 percent chance of snow high on Mount Werner on Wednesday but a high temperature of 39 degrees at upper elevations.

Temperatures cool to 24 degrees Wednesday night with a 50 percent chance of snow, followed by a high of 28 degrees on Thursday and a 40 percent chance of snow. Thursday night brings temperatures in the high teens with a continuing slight chance of snow.

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Any daytime precipitation over town this week will likely be rain, however.

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