Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Southwest winds will increase tonight into early Thursday ahead of a blustery cold front currently timed to cross the area around mid-afternoon. Gusty west winds and a period of intense snowfall lasting several hours around and behind the front will create areas of blowing snow and possibly difficult travel conditions.
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with lows in the 20’s.
Thursday: Gusty southwest winds 20-30 mph with possible rain or mixed rain/snow showers in the valleys and snow showers on the hill ahead of the cold front moving across the area around mid-afternoon. Highs around 40 before the cold front passes, with a period of possibly intense snowfall, blowing snow and gusty west winds to 35 mph in the valleys and 50 mph on the mountain during and after frontal passage.
Thursday night: Low temperatures in the teens with snow likely before midnight. Accumulations around an inch in the valleys and enough snow on the hill to produce 3-6” for the Friday morning ski report.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
We’ll have a gorgeous sunny and warm day Wednesday ahead of the next very windy storm currently timed for later Thursday.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with lows in the 20’s.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny with highs in the 40’s in the valleys and 30’s on the mountain.
Wednesday night: Turning mostly cloudy ahead of the next storm Thursday, with lows in the 20’s.
Monday, February 15, 2016
A trailing wave in moist northwest flow behind the departing storm will cool temperatures tonight and keep periods of snow going on the mountain. Skies will clear earliest in the lowest valleys Tuesday morning before clearing later in the morning or early afternoon on the mountain.
Monday night: Chance of snow in the valleys and snow likely on the hill with an additional 1-4” overnight leading to a 3-6” Tuesday morning ski report. Lows in the 20’s.
Tuesday: Snow showers ending first in Craig, then in Steamboat and finally on the mountain with skies turning partly to mostly sunny. High temperatures around 40 in the valleys and 30 on the mountain.
Tuesday night: Lows around 10 in Craig and teens in Steamboat.
Sunday, February 14, 2016
A moist northwest jet stream with embedded waves is currently over our area and will lead to periods of snow and gusty west to northwesterly winds through Tuesday morning.
Sunday night: Snow likely with around an inch or two in Steamboat and 3-6” on the mountain, yielding a 5-8” Monday morning ski report. Gusty west to northwest winds, stronger at higher elevations with lows around 20 and fog possible in the valleys.
Monday: Fog possible in the valleys and snow likely with around an inch in Steamboat and 1-4” on the mountain. Gusty west to northwest winds, stronger at higher elevations with highs around 30 in the valleys and 20’s on the mountain.
Monday night: Chance of snow with around an inch in Steamboat and 2-4” on the mountain. Lows around 20.
A moist northwest jet stream with embedded waves is over the Steamboat Springs area and is responsible for the 2” of snow that fell at the top of Sunshine Peak this afternoon. Continued gusty west to northwest winds up to 40 mph will continue the snow on the hill tonight as a wave moves across, leaving another 3-6” of snow for a 5-8” Monday morning ski report.
Snows will decrease in intensity but continue on Monday as the atmosphere warms slightly behind the departing wave, with an additional 1-4” during the rest of the day.
The last embedded wave moves across our area around Monday evening, cooling temperatures and increasing snowfall rates a bit, with an additional 2-4” overnight.
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 and moderate westerly winds to the area as soon as Thursday. There is uncertainty with regards to the amount of weakening the storm will undergo as it interacts with the Great Basin ridge, but current forecasts have precipitation peaking Thursday afternoon through midnight, leaving around 4-8” of snow by Friday morning.