The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Joel Gratz

Wednesday morning is warm, with temperatures near freezing at the summit and already in the 40s on the rest of the mountain. We’ll see clouds this morning, then from late morning through afternoon, skies should be mostly sunny with temperatures warming into the upper 40s and low 50s.

Thursday will start out dry and warm, then the next storm will push a few showers into the area by the afternoon.

On Thursday night, a cold front will move through, and we'll see snow not just on Thursday night, but on Friday during the day, and Friday night as well.

Each of these periods (Thursday night, Friday, Friday night) could bring 2-5 inches of accumulation, with the best chance for more snow than the forecast on Thursday night due to more moisture and the stronger storm energy.

Temperatures will be chilly, in the teens, so expect snow down to the base. The snow quality should be reasonably light and fluffy, though stronger winds could make the snow more dense in exposed areas.

Skiing powder will be fun all-day on Friday, with powder in the morning from Thursday night’s snow, and additional snow through the day. On Saturday morning, you might find the deepest and softest snow due to the extra snow on Friday night, but the issue with Saturday morning is the sun that might return as the clouds clear. Energy from the high sun angle of April could turn the powder into mush by mid-morning on Saturday. Let’s hope that the clouds linger!

After that, Sunday, April 15th, closing day, should turn out dry and sunny.

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

NOAA-Mount Werner

Today-A slight chance of snow showers between 10 am and 1 pm. Patchy blowing snow before 1 pm. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 46. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight-Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Thursday-A 40 percent chance of snow showers after noon. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Windy, with a south southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

Thursday Night-Snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Patchy blowing snow after 9 pm. Cloudy, with a low around 12. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Friday-Snow showers likely. Patchy blowing snow before 9 am, then patchy blowing snow after 10 am. Cloudy, with a high near 21. Blustery, with a north northwest wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night-A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.

If you are using ski area lifts to access the back country, the CAIC forecast for areas outside our boundary is Considerable near and below tree line and Moderate above tree line.

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