On Thursday night, 2 inches of snow accumulated at the mid-mountain snow stake and I see 1.5 inches on the summit snow stake.
Snow Friday through Saturday morning
Expect 3-7 inches during this time, with steadier snow from Friday mid-morning through the afternoon, and showers continuing through Saturday morning. The rain/snow line should be around 8,000-9,000 feet, which would translate to dense, thick snow for most of the upper half of the mountain with rain closer to the base. The best times to find powder will be through the day on Friday and the first chair on Saturday morning.
Warming on Saturday
We could see a mix of sun, clouds, and showers on Saturday. Temperatures will warm into the 40s with a snow level rising to 10,000-11,000 feet, so only the upper 1/2 to upper 1/3 of the mountain could see snowflakes, with raindrops at lower elevations.
Intense precipitation Saturday night
This is a monster storm as measured by moisture, which will be about 400% of average for this date. Expect intense snow near the summit, and, I’m sorry to say, intense rain likely at the base. The rain/snow line should be between mid-mountain and the summit. The highest parts of the mountain could see 4-8+ inches. On Sunday morning, you will find fresh, dense snow near the summit, with less or little snow below that, and the most intense precipitation should be over.
Showers Sunday and Sunday night
We’ll see slightly cooler air on Sunday with a few inches of snow from midday and afternoon showers. Then colder air will arrive on Sunday night and we could have 2-6 inches of fluffier snow by Monday morning. It could be that Monday morning has the best snow quality.
Steamboat will be open through Sunday, April 15th, and we’ll see more snow by then. The storm around April 11th has disappeared from the forecast (it will track to our north), but a colder storm should bring snow between Thursday night to Saturday midday, April 12-14. For Sunday’s closing day celebration, we might eke out dry weather, or another storm could arrive by then. Stay tuned…
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for an update each morning!
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT
TONIGHT ABOVE 9000 FEET...
Today-Periods of snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. High near 32. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Tonight-Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Saturday-Snow showers likely before noon, then periods of rain and snow showers between noon and 3 pm, then periods of rain showers after 3 pm. Some thunder is also possible. High near 39. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Saturday Night-Rain showers before midnight, then rain and snow showers between midnight and 1 am, then snow showers after 1 am. Some thunder is also possible. Areas of blowing snow after 1am. Low around 21. Windy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Sunday-Snow showers likely, mainly before noon. Some thunder is also possible. Patchy blowing snow. Cloudy, with a high near 28. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Sunday Night-A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Patchy blowing snow before 3 am. Cloudy, with a low around 18.
Monday-A 40 percent chance of snow showers before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 33.
If you are using ski area lifts to access the back country, the CAIC forecast for areas outside our boundary is Moderate on all aspects and elevations.