Storm system takes shape, could bring snow to Steamboat on Sunday |

Storm system takes shape, could bring snow to Steamboat on Sunday

Skiers and snowboarders come down The Face during the final Free Ski Sundays event of the season at Howelsen Hill.
Matt Stensland

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — High temperatures during the work week are expected to be in the 50s, but winter is not over yet.

Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs, described the coming week’s weather as unsettled with some chances of precipitation before a potentially significant storm comes through Sunday.

“It is too soon to talk about the details of the Sunday storm, other than it may slow down and it will likely be significant,” Weissbluth wrote. “For what it’s worth, further storms are forecast to be lined up in the Pacific for more snow chances following the late-weekend storm.”

High pressure to the west led to sunny skies Sunday, but a small storm could lead to some clouds and snow that is not expected to accumulate Monday afternoon.

Weissbluth said the high pressure to the west will build and lead to mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for a high temperature Wednesday of 56 degrees.

By Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday, the chances for clouds and precipitation return.

“The amount of ejecting energy and its southern extent will likely determine the snow levels, but low-elevation rain showers are currently a possibility,” Weissbluth said.

The more significant storm is currently expected to move into the Colorado region Sunday. The forecasts for that storm are still developing.

“We may see some drying and warming for Saturday ahead of the main storm, though there will still likely be some clouds ahead of the main event advertised for the end of the weekend,” Weissbluth said.

Steamboat missed out on the most recent storm to hit the region between Friday night and Saturday

The storm total for Steamboat was .25 inches of snow while Winter Park had 7 inches and other mountains reported between 3 and 6 inches.

Joel Gratz, who runs, thinks Steamboat and some other resorts in the northern Colorado mountains did not see snow because there was limited cooling behind the cold front.

“Every storm is a learning opportunity to figure out patterns that bring snow to certain mountains,” Gratz wrote.

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

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