Up to 10 inches possible from Sunday storm, temperatures expected to rise before next storm hits Steamboat
March 18, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A winter weather advisory remains in effect until noon Monday for the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs, and there are more chances for snow later in the week.
"This system is expected to bring from 5 to 10 inches of snow with locally higher amounts across the mountains and generally, 4 to 8 inches across the plateaus," the advisory stated Sunday.
Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, expects the snow to taper off by Monday night.
"Though temperatures will warm starting Tuesday after a chilly start to the day, more moisture will be carried over or just north of our area by a leftover piece of the storm from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning," Weissbluth wrote. "If the moisture is far enough south, we may see some clouds and the possibility of some snow showers, with accumulations most likely at higher elevations and closer to the Wyoming border."
The National Weather Service expected high daytime temperatures to climb during the week and reach the mid-50s by Thursday. That leaves a possibility for rain as the next storm approaches later in the week.
Weissbluth said the next storm could impact the area as soon as Thursday morning.
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"Unfortunately, the storm will start off quite warm, and the relatively low elevation of Steamboat means rain showers at the lower elevations and snow showers at the higher elevations during the day," Weissbluth said.
Significant snow accumulations were possible as the colder part of the storm moves in Thursday and Friday.
"The second wave, later next weekend into the following week, should be colder, but I do not have any confidence in the track of this system and therefore, do not know which mountains will be favored," wrote Joel Gratz, who runs opensnow.com.