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Steamboat wakes up to windy weather

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A cold front passing through Colorado created gusty conditions Monday morning.

The strongest gusts were reported at about 7:15 a.m.

The Storm Peak Laboratory, located at 10,530 feet at Steamboat Ski Area, recorded a gust of 55.4 mph. Also at that time, the Steamboat Springs Airport recorded a wind gust of 33.4 mph.

"There is a cold front that is slowly sagging south across the state," said Chris Cuoco, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

By late Monday morning, Storm Peak was recording an average wind speed of 16 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

The National Weather Service had a winter weather advisory in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday for surrounding mountains above 9,000 feet.

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Four to eight inches of snow was expected with some areas receiving up to 12 inches.

Strong winds were expected to reduce visibility on roadways.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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