Saturday, April 23, 2016
The cool front associated with the first of three storms that will affect our our area for the next week moved through Steamboat Springs mid-afternoon. Precipitation will pick up again after midnight and will extend into the morning, becoming heavier around daybreak. We may see some snow mixed in with some light to moderate rain in the valleys and light to moderate snow on the mountain, amounting to 3-6” on the hill by Sunday afternoon.
The gloomy weather will be around through at least Sunday morning as the cool and breezy northwest flow keeps the weather unsettled, though we may see some sun in the afternoon as the storm moves east of our area.
There will be a break Sunday night into Monday morning before breezy southwest winds and possible afternoon showers develop ahead of the second, colder storm in the wave train forecast to travel across the northern Colorado border on Tuesday. Monday’s afternoon showers will turn into more persistent precipitation around Tuesday afternoon and last through Wednesday morning before becoming showery again in the afternoon behind the departing storm. This storm will likely bring several inches of snow to the valleys and possibly 5-10” on the mountain by Wednesday afternoon if current forecast hold.
There may be a break in the inclement weather for part of Thursday, though current model trends have that less likely, before the third storm, forecast to cross the central California coast on Wednesday and then travel across the Great Basin, brings showers to our area as soon as Thursday afternoon and threatens another cool and wet weekend.