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Unsettled weather for this week

Sunday, March 25, 2018

A storm currently over Oregon will split as it travels across the Great Basin on this Sunday, with the southern part of the split bringing weather to southern Colorado on Tuesday and the northern part dragging a weak cool front through northern Colorado on Monday. Before that, today will see some clouds and a breezy afternoon as ejecting energy from the incoming storm travels over Steamboat Springs.

For Monday, the Steamboat Ski Area will see the possibility of up to several inches of snow during the day as the cool front moves through with a quick end to the showers by sunset or soon after.

Tuesday is looking nice as some drier air moves over our area behind the weak cool front.

Meanwhile, a modest ridge of high pressure builds over the Gulf of Alaska early in the work week, and energy traveling over and through this ridge will mix with some cool western Canadian air and bring periods of unsettled weather to northern Colorado in moist northwest flow starting Wednesday.

Snowfall chances will wax and wane with the cool air, and right now the weather forecast models have our best chances for accumulating snowfall late Tuesday night through Wednesday, and possibly again Saturday. While Steamboat is favored by moist northwest flow, our snowfall amounts will be tempered as we are on the southern fringe of the best action.

I would expect 2-5” of snowfall during Wednesday, with higher amounts further north closer to the Wyoming border.

Snow showers will decrease during Thursday before we are left with just clouds for later in the day, with the possibility of some sun on Friday.

Another surge of cooler air and snow showers is currently advertised for the weekend, perhaps as early as Saturday, as the jet stream strengthens to our north. There is a fair bit of forecast uncertainty for later that weekend and early the following week.

Save your soles! As the snow disappears in the spring, you know the grating and grinding sounds you hear from your ski boots as you walk across hard surfaces can’t be good. In fact, worn boot soles make your binding unsafe as it interferes with the boot-binding interface. Cat Tracks are a flexible protector that keeps your boot soles pristine, and adds a cushion for walking comfort. When it’s time to click into bindings, I take them off and stash them in my coat pocket. Yaktrax are similar, but I have not used them since they appear they would take up a bit more space in my jacket pocket. But you get a rocker sole that promotes a natural stride which may be worth the space sacrifice. If I did not have to carry them around all day, these would be my choice.

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