Thursday, April 11, 2019
After a frustratingly tardy snow report at 6:15 am this Thursday morning indicated 4” at mid-mountain and 10” up top, the Steamboat Ski Area reported 9” at mid-mountain and 13” up top on the 1 pm update. The current cold and showery weather is expected to continue through Friday before decreasing and becoming confined to a still cool Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will warm starting Sunday, along with a chance of occasional light showers through Tuesday morning depending on the proximity of a couple of grazing storms. And then another storm, similar to the the current one but not as strong, is advertised to bring first stormy and then unsettled weather to our area beginning around Tuesday and lasting through Thursday.
Reviewing the current storm, not much weather happened through yesterday afternoon, putting Sunday’s snowy forecast in jeopardy. But once the cold air arrived around 5 pm on Wednesday, the powerful storm currently moving across the upper Midwest delivered. Snow showers are expected to continue overnight and through Friday afternoon in the cold and unstable north to northwest flow behind the storm as waves of energy and moisture pass through the area. Several new inches of snow at mid-mountain would be possible overnight and then again during the day Friday.
A still-cool Saturday will offer a break in the shower activity until the afternoon when they may redevelop.
A grazing storm passes north of our area on a Sunday that will see temperatures warm back to near our 51 F average, along with showers that may start by as early as noon and last through Closing Day if the storm is close enough.
Monday looks to be a bit warmer than Sunday with less of a chance of showers before another Pacific storm, similar to the last one but weaker, moves through the Gulf of Alaska and crosses the Pacific Northwest coast late Monday. The timing is uncertain, but a strong cold front is forecast to blast through our area during the day Tuesday and bring a good chance of accumulating snow as low as the Yampa Valley floor through Wednesday. Cold temperatures and snow showers are expected to continue through the day Thursday before clearing and eventual warming occurs around the following weekend.
Save your soles! You suspect that 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.