The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Joel Gratz

Thanks to the hard work of the snowmaking team, Four Points lift will open Wednesday with the following trails: middle Giggle Gulch, Park Lane, Short Cut, upper Rainbow, Skyline, upper Burgess Creek Lift Line, upper Hurricane and White Out.

And thanks to the atmosphere, we have natural snow in the forecast with two storms in the next 3-4 days.

The first storm will move from north-to-south over Colorado on Wednesday night and Thursday, and this should bring snow to Steamboat starting on Wednesday early evening and taper off to snow showers by Thursday morning. Snowfall should be in the range of 1-2 inches by Thursday morning.

I am keeping my snow forecast a bit on the conservative side because, by later Wednesday night, the wind will be blowing from the north and northeast, which are not ideal directions for Steamboat (we want a wind from the west or west-northwest). Despite the non-ideal wind direction, there should be a bit of fresh snow to ski on Thursday morning, with additional snow showers during the middle of the day on Thursday when the wind swings back to blow from the northwest.

Following the dry weather for most of Friday and Saturday, a similar storm will arrive on Saturday night and should deliver 1-3 inches of snow to Steamboat with fresh turns likely on Sunday morning.

After that, December 18-20 should be dry, and then a few storms should move close to Colorado between about December 21-26 though I do not know exactly how these systems will affect Steamboat. Hope for the best and stay tuned!

NOAA-Mount Werner

Today-Snow showers likely, mainly after 5 pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 29. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight-Periods of snow showers, mainly before 3 am. Low around 12. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Thursday-A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11 am. Partly sunny, with a high near 20. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night-Partly cloudy, with a low around 9. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday-Sunny, with a high near 28. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Today-Scattered snow showers, mainly after 4 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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