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Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast from Sunday night

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The next storm currently moving south along the West coast today will bring breezy southwest winds to the area tomorrow and clouds by later Monday after a nice start to the day. Continued clouds overnight will keep temperatures warm.

Tuesday will be a transition day as the storm elongates to the east across the Great Basin and eventually splits, with the eastern part of the split bringing rain showers in the valleys and snow showers on the hill starting as soon as the morning.

Snow levels will fall to the valley bottoms when storm moves over the area and the cold front passes, currently timed for Tuesday afternoon or evening but likely to change as we get closer to the event. Light snow showers will continue overnight before more favorable north-northwest flow develops behind the departing storm on Wednesday morning and increases snowfall rates during the day.

Snowfall amounts are uncertain due the splitting storm, but current forecasts indicate around an inch in Craig by Wednesday morning, with 1-3” in Steamboat and 3-6” on the mountain. While the valleys will likely continue with non-accumulating snows during the day Wednesday, the mountain may see an additional 2-4” leaving 5-10” between Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

There may be a break in snowfall late Wednesday into Thursday before another wave passing over the area from the north will bring a surge of cold air from the Canadian Plains and a final round of snows to end the work week.

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