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Snow Friday and around Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The current light snow on hill will continue through the night before increasing as a moderately strong but quick-moving wave passes over the Steamboat Springs during the day tomorrow. Temperatures should cool noticeably through the day Friday as the cold front moves through the area. Snowfall amounts of 5-10” on the hill and about half that in the valley should fall by Friday afternoon, with the snow ending during the night.

Skies should clear by Saturday morning bringing the coldest temperatures of the season under mostly sunny skies. A wave which I thought might develop into something more substantial for Sunday looks to stay north of our area, possibly bringing some high clouds and keeping temperatures cool.

Monday should be sunny and warmer, with clouds increasing starting later Tuesday and into Wednesday ahead of a major storm traveling over the Gulf of Alaska and making landfall around Tuesday. Unsurprisingly, there is disagreement between the models as to the location and timing of this storm as it moves across the Great Basin and likely affects Colorado by Wednesday afternoon.

It appears likely that an another wave dropping southward from the Canadian Plains will bring additional energy and cold air into our area around Thanksgiving Day, but how this affects the overall evolution of the storm is currently unclear.

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