Thursday was a sunny day with a high temperature of about 25F on the hill. Then we saw a few clouds and very light snow showers early on Thursday night, but those clouds have passed and Friday morning is once again dawning with a clear sky.
The weather on Friday and Saturday will be mostly sunny with the warmest temperatures of the week, topping out between about 35-40F on the hill.
Then a strong and slow-moving storm over the west coast will finally arrive in Colorado on Sunday.
Expect gusty winds on Saturday night and Sunday morning ahead of the storm, and then a cold front should hit Steamboat around late morning or midday on Sunday, and this front will bring a few hours of intense snowfall and a few inches of accumulation.
Later on Sunday afternoon and evening, snow showers will continue with an additional few inches of snow, and Steamboat should be favored with a wind from the west. However, by later Sunday evening, the temperature will likely drop into the single digits on the hill, and this is generally too cold for the atmosphere to produce big snowflakes, thus snow accumulations should be on the light side later on Sunday night into Monday morning.
I still think that the 5-10 inch range is reasonable for this storm, and because the system might be slowing down just a touch, you'll likely find the softest snow from Sunday midday through the afternoon, and again during the first few runs on Monday morning.
Next week, expect snow showers and cold temperatures on Monday, then we'll see mostly sunny skies and warmer readings from Tuesday through Friday. Our next storm could arrive sometime next weekend, around March 10-11.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for an update each morning!
Today-Patchy blowing snow after 11 am. Sunny, with a high near 34. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
Tonight-Clear, with a low around 22. South southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Saturday-Sunny, with a high near 37. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Saturday Night-Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. South wind around 15 mph.
Sunday-Snow showers likely, mainly after 11 am. Patchy blowing snow after 10 am. Cloudy, with a high near 24. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Sunday Night-Snow showers likely, mainly before 11 pm. Patchy blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday-A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11 am. Patchy blowing snow before 9 am. Partly sunny, with a high near 16. Breezy.