The storm is here! The mid-mountain snow stake recorded 7 inches between about Friday at 11 pm and Saturday at 5 pm. Snow should continue through the day on Saturday, with perhaps the most intense snow falling late on Saturday afternoon and early Saturday evening as a cold front passes through. Expect an additional 9-18 inches on Saturday and Saturday evening, and the best time to ski powder could be later on Saturday afternoon and also the first chair on Sunday morning.
Following the Saturday storm, Sunday should be dry, then the next storm will bring snow from Sunday night through Monday night with at least another 6-12 inches of accumulation. Like the last storm, this system will bring a wind direction from the west, which is the best direction for Steamboat to receive deep snowfall. Expect snow to be falling when you wake up on Christmas morning, and there will be powder to ski on Christmas Day.
Tuesday should be dry, then I do not know what will happen. We could see additional light to moderate storms through New Years, or these storms might stay just a bit to our north with more snow to return in early January. I'll keep you posted.
NOAA Mount Werner-
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MST TONIGHT...
Today: Periods of snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Widespread blowing snow, mainly after 10am. High near 18. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 12 to 18 inches possible.
Tonight: Snow showers likely, mainly before 2am. The snow could be heavy at times. Widespread blowing snow before 8pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 1. Wind chill values as low as -15. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Sunday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 17. Wind chill values as low as -15. West southwest wind around 10 mph.
Sunday Night: Snow showers, mainly after 11pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy blowing snow after 11pm. Low around 15. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Christmas Day: Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Areas of blowing snow. High near 23. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 20.