Oh baby! The storm delivered, with 7-8 inches of snow falling on Friday night, and another 11 inches falling during the day and very early evening on Saturday. That brings the storm total to about 18 inches, and I hope you enjoyed some of this powder!
Looking ahead, we will see dry weather on Sunday, then the next storm will bring snow from Sunday night through Monday afternoon. Like the last storm, this system will blow in with a wind from the west, with temperatures that hold steady or rise slightly, and this is a pretty good setup for Steamboat to get a lot of snow. Thus my forecast shows 3-6 inches by the time you wake up on Christmas morning, and another 3-6 inches during the day on Monday, with perhaps a few flakes sticking around early Monday evening. Enjoy this perfectly-timed storm to bring snow on Christmas;-)
Following this system, I think the storm track will push about 200 miles to the north, and this means that December 26 through about January 2 should be on the drier side. It is possible that a storm might drop south into Colorado during these days, though, so stay tuned for daily updates. Also, the storm track should shift south again as we get into early January, so I have confidence that the snow will return.
NOAA, Mount Werner-
Today: Scattered snow showers, mainly after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 14. Wind chill values as low as -20. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tonight: Snow showers, mainly after 7pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy blowing snow. Low around 14. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
Christmas Day: Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Widespread blowing snow, mainly after 3pm. High near 22. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches possible.
Monday Night: Snow showers likely, mainly before midnight. Widespread blowing snow, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 21. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 25.
Wednesday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.