Wintry weather returns to Steamboat night of Dec. 3, intensifying by morning |

Wintry weather returns to Steamboat night of Dec. 3, intensifying by morning

Snow is expected to return to the Yampa Valley the night of Dec. 3, extending into the morning of Dec. 4.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The National Weather Service in Grand Junction issued a special weather statement Dec. 1, alerting the region to the possibility of building winter weather late Sunday, Dec. 3, with the possibility of "significant snow across higher elevations of northwestern and west central Colorado."

"Precipitation is expected to begin during the day Sunday (with rain showers on the valley floor)," meteorology intern Andrew Lyons wrote. "Snow levels will start around 9,000 feet Sunday, dropping to valley floors Sunday night into Monday morning. The heaviest snow is expected to fall early morning."

Lyons added that the trend of above-normal temperatures will end as temperatures return to near normal for this time of year.

Steamboat Springs-based meteorologist Mike Weissbluth of the SnowAlarm blog also called for modest snow amounts Monday through Tuesday.

Intellicast rates the chance of precipitation here the night of Dec. 3 at 80 percent and beginning with rain as high temperatures reach 49 degrees in the afternoon. Overnight temperatures dip into the high teens overnight. Intellicast said to expect 1 to 3 inches of snow from the storm, but that doesn't take into account high elevation accumulations.

The storm is expected to clear out beginning  Tuesday, Dec. 4 with sunshine and overnight snowmaking temperatures in the teens overnight through Dec. 10.

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