Three-day storm starts Monday with a foot of snow expected in town, more at Steamboat Resort
A multi-day winter storm is headed for Steamboat Springs on Monday, Dec. 12, bringing another foot of snow in town and likely more on the slopes of Mt. Werner.
The storm will move over the Great Basin on Monday, with snow starting to fall over the Yampa Valley after noon. Local meteorologist Mike Weissbluth wrote in his weather narrative on Sunday, Dec. 11, that he expects as much as 10 inches at mid-mountain of Steamboat Resort by Tuesday morning, Dec. 13.
“We should see some good snow showers along and behind the front,” Weissbluth wrote at Snowalarm.com. “By Tuesday morning the center of the storm should be located near northeast Colorado and is forecast to intensify and move very slowly to the northeast.”
The storm is large enough to draw on moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, which Weissbluth said will help the storm continue to deliver snow to Steamboat on Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, Dec. 14, he predicts mid-mountain will have another six to 12 inches, with more near the summit.
There is some disagreement among models about how long the storm will stick around. If it stalls out, it could continue to bring snow through Wednesday, or it could keep moving to the east over Nebraska. Weissbluth forecast another three to six inches by Thursday morning, Dec. 15.
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction forecast the cold, prolonged storm to bring Steamboat proper 10 to 13 inches of snow by Wednesday night, with up to 14 inches falling on Rabbit Ears Pass.
Driving conditions will be poor at times as the storm moves through, and the weather service warns there is potential for snow squall and flash freezing on roads. The weather service has put in place a winter weather advisory from Monday until Wednesday.
The storm is expected to bring temperatures down to a high of about 20 degrees through the week, with low temperatures dropping below zero.
By Thursday, the atmosphere will dry out for a clear day before there is another chance for snow on Friday, Dec. 16.
“Expect the cold temperatures to persist through the work week with another round of very low density snowfall to close out the work week,” Weissbluth said. “Enjoy the very cold and snowy work week in what has already been a cold and snowy start to the ski season.”
To reach Dylan Anderson, call 970-871-4247 or email danderson@SteamboatPilot.com.
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