On Saturday, expect clouds to thicken during the day, with light snow beginning during the afternoon or early evening. On Saturday night, snow will likely intensify, and I think you’ll wake up on Sunday morning to 3-6 inches of fresh powder with light snow continuing to fall through mid-morning on Sunday.
The positives about this storm are that it will bring a wind from the west and northwest (favorable for Steamboat) and will also bring adequate moisture, which is necessary to create intense snowfall. The negatives about this storm are that it will only last for 12 hours, and the best storm energy will likely track to the south of Steamboat.
Plan to wake up early on Sunday, look at the snow report, look at the snow-stake webcam to see how much snow accumulated since the 5 am report, and then get there and ski the fresh snow. There is a chance that we will get closer to double-digit totals if the wind direction blows more from the west instead of the north, but this is a wildcard and I don’t know exactly what will happen. That’s why weather prediction and skiing powder is so much fun – the uncertainty and the surprise!
From Sunday evening through Tuesday morning I think we’ll see dry weather, then the next storm will bring snow sometime between late Tuesday through Friday, January 12th. It’s possible that light-to-moderate snow will fall off-and-on during this time, which should make snow conditions softer and deeper with the best powder possible on Thursday.
Following that storm, expect dry weather for about five days, with a stormier period likely beginning around Thursday, January 18th.
NOAA, Mont Werner-
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO NOON MST SUNDAY...
Today: Snow likely, mainly after 4pm. Patchy blowing snow after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 29. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Tonight: Snow, mainly before 5am. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy blowing snow. Low around 17. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches possible.
Sunday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 23. West wind 5 to 15 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.
Tuesday Night: A chance of snow showers, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.