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Winter weather returns next week

Friday, March 11, 2016

After another warm and sunny day today, a compact storm crosses the California coast tonight and this may affect our weather for Saturday. We will likely have at least clouds tomorrow afternoon, and we are right on the northern edge of precipitation. There may be light rain showers in the valley and snow showers on the hill by Saturday afternoon.

A much larger and more intense storm approaches the Pacific Northwest around mid-weekend after mixing with some cold arctic air. An ejecting wave on Sunday will stay mostly north of our area but will bring the possibility of light showers for the late afternoon and evening.

The parent storm then moves ashore and looks to bring full-on winter conditions to our area on Monday when a cold front passes through and brings favorable wet and cool northwesterly flow over our area. Current forecasts are pointing toward the possibility of as much as 8-16” by Tuesday morning.

Confidence is increasing that this will be a long duration event comprised of several waves of moderate to heavy snowfall that will last through the entire work week. Furthermore, this will be a cold storm that will bring significant snow to the valleys as well as the mountains and will likely adversely impact I-70 and US-40 at times.

Snow amounts are likely to be impressive by this time next week and could be measured in feet in favored locations.

Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast from Thursday night

Thursday, March 10, 2016

There may be periods of high clouds, but mostly sunny skies with warm temperatures will prevail for Friday.

A compact storm crosses the California coast around Friday night and this may affect our weather for Saturday. Model trends initially had the storm to our south, but current forecasts have rain showers in the valley and snow showers on the hill by Saturday afternoon. If the storm stays on its current projected track, we may see 1-4” of snow on the hill by Sunday morning.

A much larger and more intense storm approaches the Pacific Northwest around mid-weekend. An ejecting wave on Sunday will stay mostly north of our area but will bring the possibility of light showers for later in the day and evening.

The parent storm then moves ashore and looks to bring full-on winter conditions to our area as soon as Monday. Confidence is increasing that this will be a long duration event comprised of several waves of moderate to heavy snowfall that will last through the work week. Furthermore, this will be a cold storm that will bring significant snow to the valleys and will likely adversely impact I-70 and US-40 at times. Snow amounts are likely to be impressive by this time next week.

Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast from Wednesday night

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The wave which brought snow showers to the area today will continue the chance of light snow showers tonight before warming and drying occurs over the next few days. There may be periods of high clouds, but mostly sunny skies with warm temperatures will prevail for Thursday and Friday.

A compact storm crosses the California coast around Friday night, but current model trends have the storm staying south and possibly bringing some clouds on Saturday. We may see some light showers if the storm ends up further north than current models predict Saturday afternoon and evening.

A much larger and more intense storm approaches the Pacific Northwest around mid-weekend and may bring a long-lasting period of cold and snow for next week. An ejecting wave on Sunday will stay mostly north our area but will bring the possibility of light showers for later in the day.

The parent storm then moves ashore and looks to bring full-on winter conditions to our area as soon as Monday night.

Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast from Tuesday night

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A weak wave will brush our area tomorrow afternoon and increase the chance of light rain showers in the valleys and snow showers on the hill with minimal accumulations, except perhaps under the heaviest showers.

Seasonable warm and dry weather returns for Thursday and Friday before the area may be influenced by a weak splitting storm around mid-weekend. Models are trending weaker with this storm, so right now it is looking like we may only get clouds from it.

Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast from Monday night

Monday, March 7, 2016

As the current storm moves northeast of our area, snow showers will begin to wind down after midnight, with perhaps an inch of snow overnight in the valleys and an additional 1-4” this evening on top of the 2” mid/4” top that fell during the day today.

In spite of the unsettled weather on Tuesday, there should be periods of sun through the day with no more snow accumulations expected.

There may be continued showers for Wednesday, especially in the afternoon as a weak wave passes through the area.

Warming and drying are then forecast for the rest of the work week before a likely weak storm threatens our weather around mid-weekend.

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