Sunday was sunny, with a high temperature of about 50F at the base, 30F at the summit, and wind gusts in the 30-40mph range at the summit. These windy conditions formed as the next storm was moving toward Steamboat.
On Sunday night, we saw clouds move in, and now early on Monday morning, the sky is mostly cloudy and we’re seeing a few light snow showers with temperatures in the 20-25F range. One of these showers dropped one inch of snow just before dawn, and the official mid-mountain snow report does note one inch on Monday morning.
Monday will be a stormy day but I have low confidence in snow amounts. The atmosphere will produce narrow lines and small cells of intense snowfall, but these will be hit-or-miss. If a few of these hit Steamboat, we could get 3-6 inches in just a few hours. If these miss Steamboat, the day could be cloudy, windy, and offer some snow, but accumulations would be light.
On late Monday afternoon and Monday evening, between about 2 pm - 8 pm, the jet stream will move across Colorado and this should create at least a few hours of intense and steady snowfall. Then the snowfall will become more showery again late on Monday night and Tuesday morning.
You will likely find the best powder either on Monday’s last chair (if we get lucky and a few intense storm cells hit on Monday) or more likely on Tuesday’s first chair. Snow accumulation through Tuesday morning should be in the 6-12 inch range, with higher-end snowfall if we get lucky with storm cells hitting on Monday, and lower-end snowfall if we do not get lucky.
Tuesday’s weather will offer a few snow showers and very cold temperatures, which will stay in the single digits through the day.
Then Tuesday night and Wednesday will be dry.
From Wednesday night through Sunday, a series of storms of weak to moderate strength should move across Colorado, and Steamboat could measure a few inches of snow during any of these days and/or nights. I do not have much confidence in the details of this snowfall, but multiple days of light snow could add up to soft conditions and deeper-than-expected powder by the weekend … it’s something to watch.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for an update each morning!
Winter Weather Advisory until 8:00 am Tuesday
Washington's Birthday-Periods of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Widespread blowing snow. High near 26. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Tonight-Snow showers, mainly before 4 pm. Areas of blowing snow before 10 pm. Low around -2. Wind chill values as low as -15. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Tuesday-A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 6. Wind chill values as low as -15. West wind around 10 mph.
Tuesday Night-A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -4. Wind chill values as low as -20. Southwest wind around 10 mph.
Wednesday-Partly sunny, with a high near 13. South southwest wind around 10 mph.