Winter has returned: Nearly 2 feet reported at Steamboat Ski Area over weekend |

Winter has returned: Nearly 2 feet reported at Steamboat Ski Area over weekend

Skier: Billy Grimes; Run: upper Alarm Clock. Submitted by Larry Pierce.

— After historically low January snowfall totals, winter finally returned to Steamboat during the weekend.

Steamboat Ski Area reported 11 inches of fresh snow Saturday morning and another eight inches Sunday morning at mid-mountain, with summit snow totals of 13 and 10 inches each day.

By early Sunday afternoon, snow was continuing to fall, and the ski area was reporting a mid-mountain base of 63 inches and a summit base of 74 inches.

All 16 lifts and 100 percent of the ski area’s 2,965 acres were open to skiers and riders Sunday, the second day of springtime lift hours, with Christie Peak Express open until 4:30 p.m. daily and several other lifts open an extra 15 to 30 minutes.

Lingering snow showers are expected in town through Monday, before a quick reprieve from the weather Tuesday, according to Mike Weissbluth, a local meteorologist who runs the SnowAlarm website.

“Tuesday may be our only break for the next week,” said Weissbluth Sunday morning, before getting an early start skiing on Mount Werner.

The area will begin to feel the effects of another disturbance Wednesday and lasting through the weekend, according to National Weather Service forecaster Julie Malingowski.

“It will be a very short break,” Malingowski said.

In town, highs will be in the upper 20s Monday, with lows Monday night in the single digits, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Tuesday temperatures will rise to the mid-30s in town, with evening lows in the teens.

By Wednesday, the northwest flow will be back in action, keeping temperatures seasonably cool, Malingowski said.

Temperatures in town will remain in the mid-30s during the day, dropping to the low teens at night through the weekend.

National Weather Service forecasts for the Storm Peak Observatory atop Mount Werner predict daytime high temperatures in the mid- to upper-20s through the week.

The storm will last through Thursday and could bring several inches to the region, Weissbluth said.

“Current forecasts have snow starting around mid-day Wednesday with 3 to 6 inches falling by Thursday morning,” Weissbluth said.

“Heavy snow will be in the mountains but do expect showers in town,” said Malingoski.

By the end of the week, a new system from the southwest will move in, with the best chance for heavy snowfall early in the weekend, Maligowski said.

“There’s some potential for some heavier snow on Saturday,” she said.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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