On Thursday morning, light snow is falling on Steamboat with an on-mountain temperature in the low 20s. I expect just light snow and light accumulations for most of the day on Thursday because the wind from the east is not favorable for Steamboat. Later on Thursday afternoon and evening, the wind direction should switch to blow from the west. This westerly direction is favorable for snow at Steamboat and might bring a few inches after lifts close. If this happens, target Friday morning for soft turns.
Friday should be dry, then the next storm will bring snow from late Friday night through Saturday night. I am much more excited about this storm as the wind direction will be from the west or west-northwest and the jet stream will be overhead, and both of these factors should combine to create a good chance for significant snow. My early estimate is for 5-10+ inches with the best powder on Saturday afternoon and/or Sunday morning.
Most of Sunday should be dry, then there is a good chance that we'll see light snow return on Sunday night through Christmas day with perhaps 2-4 inches of accumulation. That would be a nice gift for Christmas morning, eh?
After that system, the storm track should favor northern Colorado next week, which is good news for Steamboat. However, it's too early to pin down the details of any snowfall after Christmas day. Stay tuned for daily updates each morning!
Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 6 pm tonight.
Today-Snow showers likely, mainly before 4 pm. Areas of fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 20. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Tonight-Scattered snow showers, mainly before 9 pm. Patchy fog between 1 am and 3 am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 3. North wind around 5 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday-Partly sunny, with a high near 17. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Night-Snow showers likely, mainly after 11 pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy blowing snow after 11 pm. Cloudy, with a low around 11. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Saturday-Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Widespread blowing snow, mainly after 1 pm. High near 16. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%
On this date in 1970, a stretch limousine carrying Elvis Presley pulled up outside the White House in Washington, D.C. The driver handed over a letter from Elvis addressed to President Nixon requesting a meeting to discuss how the King of Rock and Roll could help Nixon fight drugs. The President agreed to give Presley a Narcotics Bureau badge - but only after learning that the chief of the narcotics bureau had turned down the same request earlier that day and told Presley the only person who could overrule his decision was the President. At Elvis' request, the meeting remained secret for more than a year, until the Washington Post broke the story on January 27th, 1972. That is the definition of irony.