A storm began to drop snow on Colorado’s northern mountains on Friday night, and Steamboat saw a quick shower that left a dusting of snow in the very early hours of Saturday morning.
Now on Saturday mid-morning, there are snow showers around Steamboat but it is not snowing steadily as I write this at 700 am. Most short-range, high-resolution weather forecast models show that snow showers will continue for the northern mountains through Saturday afternoon, and for Steamboat, this likely means that we’ll see times of dry and cloudy weather mixed with times of steadier snowfall.
Sometimes, Steamboat's northern position in Colorado helps it to get more snow than other mountains, but sometimes, storms seem to bring more snow just east and south of Steamboat, for reasons that I can't quite figure out. Let's hope that the second half of this storm produces more snow than the first half of the storm.
Following this storm on Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday should bring dry weather with light winds, then on Monday, we will have a chance for a few showers as a weak storm moves close to Colorado.
Tuesday and Wednesday will be dry and warm with high temperatures in the 40s.
On Wednesday night or Thursday, a storm cycle will begin with a chance for snow continuing through about Monday, March 19th.
During this time, expect 12-18 hour periods when we will have a better chance of snow, followed by similar time periods with no snow.
The setup for this storm cycle will not be the most favorable for Steamboat as we will likely see a wind direction from the southwest or west (Steamboat gets the most snow with a wind direction from the west and west-northwest).
However, multiple days with new snow is exactly what we’ll need to soften the base across the mountain and perhaps create a fun powder day or two, so this should still be a useful storm cycle. During the next few days, I’ll try to nail down the timing of the snow so we can hopefully talk about which days will offer the deepest powder.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for an update each morning!
Today-Scattered snow showers, mainly before 3-pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 22. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tonight-Mostly clear, with a low around 12. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east after midnight.
Sunday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday Night-A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11 pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. East wind around 5 mph becoming southwest after midnight.
Monday-A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11 am. Partly sunny, with a high near 33. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.