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Winter weather advisory promises snow, wind for Steamboat Springs

Michael Schrantz

— Another storm is poised once again to halt the return of spring with snow across Northwest Colorado.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas from 6 p.m. Monday through Tuesday night.

“The main dynamics from the storm will begin later Monday as the storm moves just south of us and lasts through early Wednesday,” Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, of, wrote in an email Sunday. “The storm looks to entrain some moisture from the Gulf of Mexico leading to significant precipitation for the entire state.”

The National Weather Service’s weather advisory predicts snow will fall throughout Tuesday with the highest accumulations coming in and near Oak Creek.

Weissbluth wrote that the ski area could see 6 to 12 inches of snow by the Tuesday morning report with another 4 to 8 inches possible by Wednesday morning.

“Tuesday will be the best powder day for all areas with some snow from Monday night combining with snow falling all day Tuesday,” wrote Joel Gratz, of

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The National Weather Service’s advisory also warns of gusts as high as 50 mph and 20 mph to 35 mph winds from the north to northeast.

Visibility could drop to less than a mile and highway conditions will be slick, according to the advisory.

“Skies should clear for Wednesday until a quick moving wave of moist cool northwest flow appears to split near us and begins to produce showers by Thursday morning,” Weissbluth wrote. “Precipitation could continue till Friday with moderate accumulations.”