Steamboat’s weather forecast good for skiers, bad for drivers returning from Thanksgiving
Winter is coming.
Next week’s weather forecast in Steamboat Springs calls for an extended period of snow and cold.
The weather should aid snowmakers trying to get more terrain open at Steamboat Ski Area.
But the combination of snow and heavy wind could make the drive back home to Steamboat from a Thanksgiving holiday more difficult for many travelers.
Meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, of snowalarm.com, is currently predicting there could be 5 to 10 inches of fresh snow on the ski hill by Monday morning.
A second wave could bring another 3 to 6 inches by Tuesday, and a third wave could drop another 1 to four inches at mid-mountain by Wednesday morning.
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is also calling for several days of snow and very cold temperatures.
According to their forecast, the high temperature in Steamboat isn’t expected to rise above freezing through Thursday.
The snow is expected to start Saturday night.
Drivers returning home from Thanksgiving holidays Saturday = or Sunday could encounter difficult driving conditions on mountain passes.
In a special weather statement, the Weather Service said gusty winds of 30 miles per hour or more are expected to accompany the snow at higher elevations.
“Current thinking is that the I-70 corridor at Vail Pass and U.S. Route 550 over the San Juans will be impacted by these storms,” forecasters wrote.
Drivers can view the conditions on Rabbit Ears Pass by visiting steamboattoday.com/webcams.
Road conditions across the state can be found at cotrip.org.
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