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Steamboat Springs area weather forecast from Wednesday

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The now-diffuse storm to our south will mainly affect areas to our south for tonight and tomorrow, though we will still have cool and showery weather for Thursday with some sun for the first part of the day followed by passing afternoon storms later in the day.

Afternoon showers should decrease in intensity for Friday as the airmass dries and significantly warms ahead of another large storm approaching the Pacific Northwest around Friday. This storm is forecast to move south along the West Coast through Saturday, keeping warm and relatively dry air over our area with breezy to windy southwest winds for the first part of the weekend.

By Sunday, the West Coast storm is forecast to be moving eastward through the Great Basin. Rather than skirting to our northwest as in yesterday’s forecast, the storm now looks to bring a cold front through the area around Sunday afternoon, possibly bringing some strong storms and dropping temperatures later in the day.

Following quickly on Monday, another Pacific storm approaches the northwest coast, allowing cool air from western Canada to spread over the western third of the US. Weather over our area will generally be cool and unsettled through midweek, with periodic light showers, especially in the afternoon, as this storm approaches and moves over our area midweek.

Steamboat Springs area weather forecast from Tuesday

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Great Basin storm currently near Las Vegas that is affecting our weather is forecast to travel eastward along the Old Mexico border tonight and tomorrow, which is further south than earlier forecasts. The further-south solution has lead to a drier day today than earlier predicted, and that trend will thankfully continue as the bulk of the precipitation stays to our south over the next few days.

We will still have cool and showery weather for Wednesday and Thursday with some sun for the first part of the day followed by passing afternoon storms, possibly strong, later in the day.

Afternoon showers should decrease in intensity for Friday as the airmass dries and significantly warms ahead of another large storm approaching the Pacific Northwest around Friday. This storm is forecast to move south along the West Coast through the weekend, keeping warm and relatively dry air over our area with breezy to windy southwest winds for most of the weekend. There will be enough moisture around, however, for the obligatory passing afternoon storms.

There is uncertainty with the track of the West Coast storm as it moves near our area early in the work week, with current model solutions pointing towards more of a grazing storm to our northwest than a direct hit.

Steamboat Springs area weather forecast from Monday

Monday, May 16, 2016

Quite the wintry day across the country for mid-May at the higher elevations as the Steamboat Powdercam showed almost 5” of snow had fallen at the top of Sunshine Peak by late this morning, along with 5” at Killington Resort in Vermont and 3” at Timberline Lodge in Oregon.

The storm responsible for our weather today was dropping south through the Great Basin this afternoon and will affect the Four Corners states through Thursday.

More cool air washes over our area tonight from the Great Lakes storm that affected our weather last week, reinforcing the cool temperatures and possibly bringing some stray snowflakes to the Steamboat valley overnight.

The Great Basin storm then weakens and turns eastward later Tuesday, bringing another round of moderate to heavy showers Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Continued cool and showery weather with possibly some sun in the mornings and likely moderate to strong afternoon storms are on tap for Wednesday and Thursday as the storm passes south of our area and eventually moves east of the Rockies.

Afternoon showers should decrease in intensity for Friday as the airmass dries before another large storm approaches the Pacific Northwest late in the work week. The ECMWF and GFS models have compromised with this new storm’s movement, now bringing a tongue of warm and dry air over our area with breezy southwest winds for most of the weekend before wet weather returns early in the next work week.

Steamboat Springs area weather forecast from Sunday

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Another couple of rounds of showers timed for later this afternoon and mid-evening will pass over the area today.

Then, energy and cool air still rotating around the old Great Lakes storm that was over our area earlier this week will mix with a storm forecast to be over the Great Basin on Monday, and energy ejecting ahead of the storm will bring cool and showery weather to start Monday. A well defined lead shortwave then travels near our area later in the day, bringing moderate to sometimes heavy showers for Monday afternoon and evening. Snow levels for the entire work week will be around 8000′ - 9000′, lowering during the night and also in the presence of heavy showers, and rising during the day.

More cool air washes over our area from the Great Lakes storm on Tuesday, reinforcing the cool temperatures and possibly bringing some stray snowflakes to the Steamboat valley overnight and early in the morning. The main storm then approaches Colorado later Tuesday and brings another round of moderate to heavy showers Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Continued cool and showery weather with the possibility of strong afternoon storms are on tap for Wednesday and Thursday as the storm passes south of our area and eventually moves east of the Rockies.

Afternoon showers should decrease in intensity for Friday as the airmass dries before another large storm approaches the Pacific Northwest late in the work week. The ECMWF brings wet weather to our area late in the weekend while the GFS is a bit slower and eventually further north, sparing the weekend.

Steamboat Springs area weather forecast from Saturday

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A new Pacific storm is currently crossing the Pacific Northwest coast and will drop into the Great Basin by Sunday, increasing moisture, southwest winds and upward motion over our area tomorrow. Ahead of the storm, some energy moving over the area tonight might bring some evening showers that should end by midnight. Showers may start again relatively early in the day Sunday and become stronger by the afternoon and early evening.

Energy and cool air still rotating around the old Great Lakes storm that was over our area earlier this week will mix with the Great Basin storm on Monday, and energy ejecting ahead of the storm will bring cool and showery weather to start Monday. A well defined lead shortwave then moves further south of our area than earlier forecast, reducing the chance of heavier precipitation but keeping lighter showers around. Snow levels for the entire work week will be around 8000′ - 9000′, lowest during the night and rising during the day.

More cool air washes over our area from the Great Lakes storm on Tuesday, reinforcing the cool temperatures and possibly bringing some stray snowflakes to the Steamboat valley early in the morning. The main storm then approaches Colorado later Tuesday and brings a round of moderate to heavy rainfall Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Continued cool and showery weather with the possibility of strong afternoon storms are on tap for Wednesday and Thursday as the storm passes south of our area and eventually moves east of the Rockies.

Currently, Friday may be a relatively precipitation-free day before another large storm approaches the Pacific Northwest late in the work week and threatens our weather for next weekend.

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