Sunshine likely to be interrupted by snow
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Sunshine this week is expected to be briefly interrupted by a storm that could bring more snow to the Yampa Valley.
Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, wrote the weekend storm that gave way to sunny skies Sunday left about four inches of snow at the Steamboat Ski Area by Saturday morning.
The ski area is closed for the season, but many people chose to hike up and take advantage of the fresh snow.
A cold front is expected to move through the Steamboat area tonight.
“So, while Monday will start out nice, we may see some showers ahead of the front Monday afternoon,” Weissbluth wrote. “This storm does have cold air, bringing accumulating snow to Mount Werner and snow on the grassy surfaces of the Yampa Valley.”
The high temperature today is expected to reach 62 degrees, and the cold front is forecast to bring a high temperature of 50 degrees Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
By the end of the storm Tuesday evening, Weissbluth expects snow accumulations of between one and four inches at the ski area.
“If skies clear Tuesday night, Wednesday will start quite chilly, but plenty of increasingly strong springtime sun should allow temperatures to rebound towards normal as the day goes on,” Weissbluth wrote.
High temperatures for the remainder of the week are expected to climb into the high 50s and low 60s.
“Another grazing storm, this one farther north, will drag a dry cool front through northern Colorado on Thursday, bringing another cool start to the day,” Weissbluth wrote. “But, like Wednesday, temperatures should recover under mostly sunny skies.”
Computer models are having some trouble forecasting the weather for the coming weekend.
“While earlier weather forecast models had indicated an unsettled weekend as the storm passed near or over our area, it currently looks like the bulk of the storm may pass to our northwest, sparing most of the weekend from rain showers,” Weissbluth wrote.
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