Late on Monday night, we saw light snow for a time as the next storm starts to push moisture toward Steamboat. This light snow left a coating on the upper mountain, but accumulations were under one inch.
On Tuesday and Tuesday night, we might see a few additional snow showers, though I think most of this time will be dry and any snow accumulation should be minimal. Also, temperatures will be warm with a high near freezing at mid-mountain, so there could be a few rain drops at the base with any passing light showers.
From Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, we will likely see light snow, and then expect a better chance for more intense snow from about Wednesday morning through Thursday morning. During this time, we could receive 6-12 inches, which would make for powder on Wednesday and again during first chair Thursday morning. The snow on Wednesday morning and midday will initially be thick and dense, and then the snow on Wednesday night will be lighter and fluffier. This is exactly the order we want – fluffy snow on top of denser snow.
There will be a break in the snow during most of the day on Thursday, then a second storm will clip northern Colorado with an additional 5-10 inches falling between about Thursday night at midnight and Friday late afternoon. When you look at the snow report on Friday morning, realize that there will be more snow throughout the day on Friday, so don’t let a smaller snow report at 5 am Friday keep you from skiing.
Again, your best chance to ski fresh powder will be on Wednesday afternoon, first chair on Thursday, and first chair through midday on Friday, with total accumulations through Friday likely reaching into the double-digits.
Winter Storm Warning from Midnight Tuesday to Noon Thursday
Today-Scattered snow showers. Patchy fog before 9 am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tonight-Periods of snow showers, mainly after 4 am. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 26. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Wednesday-Periods of snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy blowing snow after 1 pm. Patchy fog between 8 am and 9 am. High near 28. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Wednesday Night-Snow showers likely, mainly before 11 pm. Cloudy, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -10. Blustery, with a west northwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.