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Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast from Tuesday night

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The cold front has certainly taken its time today as it is now forecast to cross the area this evening bringing a burst of heavy snowfall down to the valley bottoms and making travel difficult. Light to moderate snows will follow behind the front in cooler and wet mostly northwesterly to northerly flow and last through noon or so on Wednesday. Furthermore, as the storm crosses the Rockies and intensifies to our east, there is a possibility of a TROWAL forming behind the storm which may produce another round of Steamboat Magic for Wednesday morning.

There is model uncertainty with respect to the timing of the front and the intensity of snowfall behind it, but current forecasts may have as much as 8-16” between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon on the mountain and 3-6” in the valleys.

Snow showers will likely stick around from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday in cool and moist northwest flow before another Pacific storm in still favorable northwest flow approaches the area for Friday and Saturday.

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