Winter hanging tough in Steamboat; 60s on the way |

Winter hanging tough in Steamboat; 60s on the way

Paul Hughes braves the unpredictable spring weather in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday afternoon. Forecasts are calling for warmer temperatures by the weekend.

— Winter held Steamboat Springs firmly in its grip Tuesday morning, with the temperature hovering around 20 degrees and fat flakes falling from the sky. But everyone who didn't leave town for spring break at the local public schools this week will be rewarded with sunny skies and forecast temperatures in the low 60s for the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction predicts the snowy pattern will exit the region Wednesday with partly cloudy skies and a high of 47 followed by sunny skies and a high of 56 on Thursday.

The warming trend continues with an expected high of 59 degrees Friday before temperatures in the 60s break out for the weekend.

Inevitably, some hard-core skiers will be looking for their next turns, but caution is advised.

In the wake of Saturday's avalanche on Loveland Pass that claimed five lives, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center rates as low the current danger of a snow slide below tree line in the Steamboat zone. However, it's a different matter above tree line. The past 24 hours has seen 4 to 8 inches of fresh accumulation across the zone, and there were some observations of "wet loose activity" in the Flat Tops.

The Avalanche Information Center's Scott Toepfer rated the danger of fresh wind slabs considerable above tree line on all north, northeast and east facing slopes.

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