Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Saturday night: 2-4” of snow near Craig and 3-6” near Steamboat, with a 6-12” report expected for the Steamboat ski area for Sunday morning. Lows around 10 in Craig and teens for Steamboat.

Sunday and Sunday night: Snow tapering off during the day, ending latest on the mountain. Small accumulations in Craig, another 1-3” in Steamboat and 2-4” on the mountain, with highs around 30 in Craig, 20’s for Steamboat and low teens for the mountain.

Monday and Monday night: Snow looks to start up again by the late afternoon Monday on the mountain and overnight in the valleys. Highs around 30 in the valleys and teens on the mountain, with lows Monday night in the single digits in Craig and teens in Steamboat.

Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast

Friday, January 15, 2016

Snow likely tonight with around an inch in the lower valley, 1-3 inches in Steamboat and more snow for the mountain, leaving 5-10” for the Saturday morning report. Temperatures in the single digits for the lower valley and around 10 elsewhere.

Snow should be diminishing during the day Saturday before increasing again in the early evening. Only around an inch during the day near Steamboat and several inches on the mountain are expected, with the sun possibly making an appearance in the afternoon, especially in the valleys. Highs around 20.

Periods of moderate to sometimes heavy snow are expected through Saturday night and into Sunday morning, especially at the higher elevations. 2-4” in the lower valley, 3-6” in Steamboat and 6-12” for the morning ski report.

Snow should taper off during the day Sunday, again with some late afternoon sun possible. Another 1-3” for Steamboat and 2-4” for the mountain. Highs in the 20s for the valleys and teens for the mountain.

Dry but possible cloudy for Sunday night with lows around 20 in the lower valley and teens elsewhere.

 

Steamboat Springs area short term weather forecast

Thursday, January 14, 2016

.TONIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SNOW in Hayden, but snowfall likely in Steamboat with around an inch. LOWS in the single digits for Steamboat and around zero for Craig.

.FRIDAY…SNOW LIKELY, especially in the afternoon, with ACCUMULATIONS 1 TO 3 INCHES in the Steamboat area and less in Craig. HIGHS around 20 with WEST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. 

.FRIDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SNOW in Hayden, but another 1 to 3 inches likely in Steamboat. LOWS in the single digits with WEST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

.SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. HIGHS around 20. SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. LOWS around 10 in Craig and teens in Steamboat. SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

A week of snows ahead

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The current tranquil weather ends tomorrow as a series of Pacific storms moves over the Steamboat Springs area through at least the next week. Some of these storms will also mix with some very cold air from the Canadian Plains, creating almost ideal conditions for snowfall.

Snowfall may continue through most of the next week, with only brief snow-free periods between the storms. Right now, the advertised Pacific wave train will bring periods of enhanced snowfall Thursday and Friday afternoons, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. The first storm on Thursday should be the weakest and the storm on Wednesday possibly the strongest, and that storm may continue through the rest of next week.

Snowfall totals on the hill over the next week should be impressive and could be in the two to three foot range if all the waves move over the area as currently predicted. Valleys will see less, but still significant snowfall.

Stormy pattern returns tomorrow

The dry weather the past few days that led to the very cold valley temperatures will end tomorrow as a quick-moving storm from the Pacific Northwest moves over the Steamboat Springs area. Ironically, the approach of the cold front will warm the surface and eliminate the current temperature inversion by increasing surface winds tonight and mixing the stagnant airmass. Periods of light to sometimes moderate snow start during the day tomorrow and continue overnight, leaving 2-5” for the Friday morning report.

Snows will diminish and perhaps even end very early Friday morning before a similar but stronger storm moves over our area later in the morning. Snowfall rates will be moderate to sometimes heavy during the afternoon Friday as this storm drags some cold air from the Canadian Plains southwards. A substantial part of the 5-10” I expect to be reported Saturday morning will occur Friday afternoon.

Snowfall will decrease during the day Saturday before increasing again early Sunday as a trailing wave drags a reinforcing surge of cold air over the area. Snowfall should diminish again during the afternoon and likely end by sunset, so the bulk of the snow I expect for the Monday report should occur Sunday morning.

Temperatures should warm on Monday as a transient ridge tries to build to our west, but the warming will be short-lived as another Pacific storm moves through the ridge and begins a round of light to sometimes moderate snows Monday night.

Snowfall is currently forecast to end around Tuesday before possibly the strongest storm in this series threatens significant snows starting around Wednesday. The forecast for then is uncertain with so much weather occurring over the next week, however.

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