Steamboat Mountain Happenings for Thursday, April 12, 2018

Joel Gratz

Thursday morning is remarkably warm with temperatures that never hit freezing on Wednesday night. Readings will be in the 40s for most of the day along with very strong winds, gusting to 30-50 mph during the middle of the day and the afternoon.

On Thursday afternoon, we could see a few showers, and then on Thursday night, a cold front will move through, bringing snow and dropping temperatures to the 20s and eventually to the teens. My snow forecast for Thursday night is 2-5 inches, though this is the part of the storm that has a good chance of bringing more snow than the forecast due to a lot of moisture in the air and the jet stream overhead.

You’ll find powder on Friday morning, with an additional 2-5 inches of snow throughout the day. Then a final wave of snow should bring another few inches on Friday night, so Saturday morning’s snow could be the deepest and softest during this storm. Get after the snow early on Saturday as the sun will come out and the energy from the sun will quickly turn the new powder in mush.

Then, closing day on Sunday, April 15th should turn out dry and sunny, perfect for celebrating the end of the season!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for an update each morning!

NOAA-Mount Werner

Winter Weather Advisory from 6 pm Thursday to 9 pm Friday.

Today-Snow showers likely, mainly after 5 pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Windy, with a south wind 25 to 30 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight-Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy blowing snow after 7 pm. Low around 12. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Friday-Snow showers likely. Areas of blowing snow. Cloudy, with a high near 21. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Friday Night-Snow showers likely, mainly before midnight. Patchy blowing snow before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Saturday-A 20 percent chance of snow showers before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 28. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

If you are using ski area lifts to access the back country, the CAIC forecast for areas outside our boundary is Moderate on all aspects and elevations.

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