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Snows stop for a few days when this storm cycle ends early Thursday

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

We currently have heavy snow in Steamboat Springs as the last storm of this storm cycle passes over the area today and tonight. Intermittent moderate to heavy snows are expected today and tonight with breaks between the showers. Though the amount of water in the snow is forecast to diminish overnight, temperatures will drop and decrease the density of the snowfall, leaving 5-10” on the hill by tomorrow morning, with less in the valleys.

Snow will hold on longest tomorrow on Mount Werner before the sun makes an appearance. Temperatures will be quite cold overnight Thursday and into Friday morning under clear skies as temperature inversions reform in the wake of all the new snow and colder airmass.

A transient ridge moves over the area by Friday, noticeably warming temperatures at the higher elevations while the valleys stay cool after a cold morning start. Temperatures should stay warm on the hill for Saturday as the valleys warm further.

Another complex Pacific storm is forecast to cross the West Coast early in the weekend and will affect our weather by Saturday night or Sunday morning, creating moderate to sometimes heavy snows for Sunday. This storm is forecast to drag down some more cold air from the Canadian Plains, keeping lighter intensity but lower density snow around for Monday.

Tuesday is currently looking to be precipitation-free before a weak grazing wave in northwest flow may produce some snow for Wednesday. Models indicate a break before a major storm may impact the last weekend of January.

Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A two part storm will begin snow again tonight before eventually ending by Thursday morning. Clear weather follows for the end of the work week before a weekend storm approaches.

Tuesday night: Snow should start around midnight, with around an inch in Craig, 1-3” in Steamboat and 2-5” expected for the Wednesday morning ski report. Lows around 10.

Wednesday: Snow will taper off in the morning as the first part of the storm moves through, but increase again in the afternoon as the second stronger storm moves over the area Wednesday night. 1-3” of snow expected in Craig, 2-4” in Steamboat and 4-8” on the mountain with highs in the 20’s in the valleys and near 20 at mid-mountain.

Wednesday night: Temperatures will cool noticeably as snow ends in the valleys, with lows around zero in Craig, and single digits for Steamboat. Another 2-4” of very low-density snow will occur on the mountain which will produce a 6-12” 24-hour Thursday morning ski report.

Thursday: The sun will appear as lingering snow showers end in the morning for the valleys and the afternoon for the mountain. Highs around 20 in the valleys and teens for mid-mountain.

Thursday night: Clear and very cold as temperature inversions reform in the valleys. Lows in the minus teens for Craig and around zero for Steamboat.

Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast

Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday night: Snow starts up again this evening and lasts through early morning. Accumulations around 1-3” in Craig, 2-4” in Steamboat and 5-10” for the Steamboat ski area Tuesday morning report. Lows in the teens.

Tuesday: Snow ending in the morning and becoming partly sunny. Minimal further accumulations in Craig with maybe an inch in Steamboat and the mountain in the morning. Highs in the 20s.

Tuesday night: Light snow starts up again after midnight as the last storm in this cycle affects the area, leaving around an inch or two for the Wednesday morning ski report. Lows around 10.

Wednesday: Snow during the day, with around an inch in Craig, 1-3” in Steamboat and 2-5” on the hill. Highs in the 20’s in the valleys and around 20 at mid-mountain.

Wednesday night: Snow diminishing in the valleys but continuing on the mountain and cold. Lows around minus 10 in Craig and single digits in Steamboat, with 4-8” expected for the Thursday morning ski report.

Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Tonight: Snow ending with lows in the single digits in Craig and around 10 in Steamboat.

Monday and Monday night: Cloudy with snow likely by the afternoon with highs around 30 in the valleys and 20’s at mid-mountain. 1-3” of accumulations overnight Monday in the valleys with lows around 10 in Craig and teens near Steamboat. 3-6” likely on the Tuesday morning ski report.

Tuesday and Tuesday night. Cloudy skies becoming partly sunny with highs in the 20’s. Snow showers should begin again late Tuesday night with lows around 10, and a possibly significant storm for Wednesday.

Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Saturday night: 2-4” of snow near Craig and 3-6” near Steamboat, with a 6-12” report expected for the Steamboat ski area for Sunday morning. Lows around 10 in Craig and teens for Steamboat.

Sunday and Sunday night: Snow tapering off during the day, ending latest on the mountain. Small accumulations in Craig, another 1-3” in Steamboat and 2-4” on the mountain, with highs around 30 in Craig, 20’s for Steamboat and low teens for the mountain.

Monday and Monday night: Snow looks to start up again by the late afternoon Monday on the mountain and overnight in the valleys. Highs around 30 in the valleys and teens on the mountain, with lows Monday night in the single digits in Craig and teens in Steamboat.

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