Moderate storms bookend the following week

Friday, February 12, 2016

After a sunny Friday and Saturday, a wave in northwest flow brings some moisture and cool air over the Steamboat Springs area Sunday, beginning snows that will last through Monday night. Amounts are uncertain as models are wavering on the strength of this wave and its southern extent, but right now it looks like 3-6” may be reported on the Monday morning ski report, with an additional 1-4” during the rest of Monday.

There may be lingering clouds and possible snow showers early Tuesday behind the wave, but the Great Basin ridge builds over us after that, bringing warm, dry air and sunny skies back over the area by later Tuesday into Wednesday.

A stronger storm over the Pacific is forecast to cross the California coast midweek and spread clouds over our area by Wednesday night and bring snows to the area as soon as early Thursday. There is disagreement among the models as to the strength of this storm, but early forecast amounts by Friday morning are in the 6-12” range.

Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast from Thursday night

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A grazing wave will past to our north and east bringing some mid and high level clouds to the area tonight and tomorrow. Dry air returns for Saturday ahead of a quick moving storm that will affect our area as soon as Sunday.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy with lows in the single digits.

Friday: Partly sunny with highs around 30.

Friday night: Partly cloudy with lows in the single digits in Craig and around 10 in Steamboat.

Chances for snow Sunday-Monday and at the end of the work week

A shallow wave to our north and east will bring cloudier conditions for parts of today and tomorrow before sunny skies return for Saturday. Our next chance for snow is currently forecast to be from Sunday afternoon into Monday morning when a quick-moving wave in northwest flow brings some moisture and cool air over the Steamboat Springs area. Amounts are uncertain as models are wavering on the strength of this wave and its southern extent, but right now it looks like 4-8” may be reported on the Monday morning ski report.

There may be lingering clouds and possible snow showers on Tuesday behind the wave, but the Great Basin ridge builds over us after that, bringing warm dry air and sunny skies back over the area by midweek.

A moderate storm over the Pacific is forecast to cross the California coast midweek and spread clouds over our area by Wednesday night and possibly bringing snow showers to the area as soon as early Thursday. There is disagreement among the models as to the strength of this storm, with current forecasts bringing a possibly significant event across the area by the end of the work week.

Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast from Wednesday night

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Great Basin ridge will keep sunny conditions around for another day before a dry grazing storm passes north and east of us on Friday and increases clouds by Thursday night.

Wednesday night: Mostly clear with lows in the minus single digits in Craig and single digits in Steamboat.

Thursday: Mostly sunny with highs around 30. Breezy west winds on the mountain with gusts to 25 mph.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy with lows in the single digits in Craig and around 10 in Steamboat.

Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast from Tuesday night

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A dominant ridge over the Great Basin will continue the beautiful warm and sunny weather for the next few days before a grazing wave may bring some clouds and a bit of cooling to our area Friday.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear with patchy fog possible later. Lows in the minus single digits for Craig and positive single digits for Steamboat.

Wednesday: Patchy fog in the valleys possible early, then sunny with highs around 30.

Wednesday night: Clear with lows around zero in Craig and 10 in Steamboat.

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