The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Joel Gratz

Tuesday was a beautiful day with temperatures in the upper teens and 20s with sunny skies throughout the day. Gorgeous!

Now on Wednesday morning, high-and-mid level clouds are moving over Colorado, so expect a partly-to-mostly cloudy day with temperatures rising from a morning low of 20-25 degrees to a daytime high in the low-to-mid 30s.

Thursday will be similar to Wednesday with partly-to-mostly cloudy skies and a daytime high in the mid-to-upper 30s.

Storm from Thursday night through Friday afternoon

Expect 4-8+ inches of snow during this time. I think the best chance for steady snow will be from late Thursday night through Friday midday. 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.

Break on Saturday

We will likely see dry weather for most of Saturday with temperatures zooming into the 40s and low 50s as warm air invades ahead of our next storm. There could be a shower during the day, but I think most of the time will be dry.

Next storm from Saturday night through Monday morning

I am excited about this storm as it will bring lots of energy and moisture, which could translate into lots of snow. My Initial forecast is for about 6-12 inches. Expect intense snow on Saturday night into Sunday morning, then more intermittent snow during the day on Sunday. Snow showers should continue on Sunday night and then end by Monday morning. Once again, temperatures will be warm, so expect thicker, dense snow on Saturday night and Sunday (with rain possible near the base). Then, as colder temperatures arrive, 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

Today-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight-Isolated snow showers between 8 pm and 2 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. West wind around 15 mph.

Thursday Night-Snow showers likely, mainly after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 26. West southwest wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Friday-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 80%.

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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