The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Thursday, April 5, 2018

Joel Gratz

Wednesday was mostly cloudy with a high temperature at the summit around 30F.

Thursday should be similar to Wednesday, perhaps with a bit more sunshine in the morning, more clouds in the afternoon, and a daytime high ranging from the mid-30s at the summit to the mid-40s at mid-mountain.

Storm from Thursday night through Saturday morning

Expect 5-10 inches of snow during this time, and I updated the forecast to show that snow might continue from Friday evening through Saturday morning. I think the best chance for steady snow will be from late Thursday night through Friday midday, and perhaps again on Friday evening. The issue with this system will be the warm temperature, which will mean thicker, denser snow and a rain/snow level around 8,000-9,000 feet. This would translate to snow for the upper half of the mountain with rain closer to the base. During times of intense precipitation, snow could fall all the way down to the base.

(Maybe a) break on Saturday

You should find fresh snow in the morning (due to the snow that fell on Friday night), and then I thought that Saturday would be dry. But the latest models show a chance of showers through the day. This isn’t necessarily good news as temperatures will be very warm, so showers that do fall will transition to more rain than snow through the day, with a rain/snow level rising to 10,000-11,000 feet by the afternoon (the elevation of the summit is 10,500 feet).

Next storm from Saturday night through Monday morning

The most intense snow should fall on Saturday night with 5-9+ inches ready for you on Sunday morning. Following a break in the action on Sunday morning, snow showers should return on Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening, and then will end on Monday morning. Once again, temperatures will be warm, so expect thicker, dense snow on Saturday night and Sunday morning (with rain closer to the base), then as colder temperatures arrive on Sunday evening, we'll see fluffier snow on Sunday night into Monday morning.

Longer range

Steamboat will be open through Sunday, April 15th, and we’ll see more snow by then. Look for a few inches of snow on Wednesday morning (April 11) and a colder storm sometime between Thursday to Saturday, April 12-14.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for an update each morning!

NOAA-Mount Werner

Winter Weather Advisory from Midnight Thursday to Noon Friday for areas above 9,000'

Today-Scattered snow showers, mainly after 5 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight-Periods of snow showers, mainly after 10 pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 26. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Friday-Periods of snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. High near 34. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Friday Night-A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday-Snow showers likely before 11 am, then rain and snow showers likely between 11 am and 2 pm, then rain showers likely after 2 pm. Some thunder is also possible. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday Night-Rain showers before 1 am, then rain and snow showers between 1 am and 2 am, then snow showers after 2 am. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 21. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday-Snow showers likely, mainly before noon. Some thunder is also possible. Cloudy, with a high near 30. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

If you are using ski area lifts to access the back country, the CAIC forecast for areas outside our boundary is Low on all aspects and elevations.

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