Thursday, February 4, 2016
A wave in northwest flow will pass over the area tonight, increasing snowfall overnight before partly sunny skies appear, first in the valleys and then the mountain.
Thursday night: Snow likely with accumulations around an inch in Craig, 1-3” in Steamboat and 3-6” on the mountain. Lows in the minus single digits in Craig and single digits for Steamboat.
Friday: Snow ending first in the valleys and then finally on the mountain where another inch or two may fall in the morning. Becoming partly sunny with highs in the teens.
Friday night: Cold as temperature inversions reform, with lows around -10 in Craig and near zero in Steamboat.
Another round of snows for the Steamboat Ski Area has begun with cloudy skies and light snow on the upper mountain as a wave in northwest flow moves over the area. Snows should increase through overnight before tapering off in the morning Friday, after leaving 3-6” for the morning report and possibly an additional inch or two during the morning after the report.
Brief ridging will be over the area Saturday before another wave in northwest flow crosses mostly north and east of us, bringing another surge of seasonably cold air and light snow showers with minimal accumulations for late Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Cloudy but cool and dry conditions are forecast for Monday before the West Coast ridge builds and moves eastward over the Rocky Mountain spine by Tuesday, bringing plenty of sun and warming mountain temperatures for the rest of the work week. However, temperature inversions will likely reform in the valleys continuing the cold overnight lows there.
Pacific energy from the west and cold Canadian air from the north are forecast to weaken the ridge sometime around next weekend or early the following week, and this may allow storms to once again affect our area.
Another great day at the Steamboat Ski Area with mid-80” base up top and the antenna snow stake at the very top of Mount Werner reading 92”. We had about two feet in the past 4 days and temperatures were below zero up top. Mitch, Dean and I skied East Face, then hiked up to Second Pitch, then out the backcountry gate to Third Pitch, where Dean made the sacrifice to stop and shoot the video. It’s about a 10-15 minute hike out with complex terrain, so know before you go!
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Brief ridging will be over the area early Thursday before a fast-moving storm in northwest flow begins snow by Thursday afternoon. Accumulations will be largest on the hill before snowfall tapers off first in the valleys and then on the hill during Friday.
Wednesday night: Very cold with lows around minus teens for Craig and minus single digits for Steamboat. Chance of snow on the mountain with little accumulations.
Thursday: Chance of snow returning for the afternoon and continued cold, with highs in the teens in Craig and on the mountain and near 20 in Steamboat.
Thursday night: Chance of snow in the valleys and snow likely on the hill with 3-6” to be reported on the Friday morning ski report. Lows around zero in Craig and single digits in Steamboat.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
The departing storm will leave cold and moderately unstable northwesterly flow over our area through Wednesday. Brief ridging is then forecast for Wednesday night ahead of a weak wave in northwesterly flow for Thursday that will increase the chance of snow for later Thursday.
Tuesday night: Colder behind the departing storm with chance of snow in the valleys and 1-4” on the mountain. Lows around minus 10 in Craig and minus single digits in Steamboat.
Wednesday: Cloudy skies becoming party sunny as the day progresses, first over the valleys as light snow showers will linger longest on the mountain. Cold with highs around 10 in the valleys and single digits on the mountain.
Wednesday night: Very cold in the valleys as temperature inversions form, with lows in the minus teens in Craig and minus single digits in Steamboat.