Steamboat Resort, you’re about to get your first heaping helping of winter thanks to a northern front of moisture coming down from Canada.
NOAA is currently forecasting upwards of 20″ of snow at higher elevations (7,000′). And while that means it’s going to rain at the base area of Steamboat Resort, Rabbit Ears Pass and Buffalo Pass will see between 10-20″ by Wednesday morning.
“The first significant snowfall of the season will occur in the Mountains with periods of heavy snow at times later this afternoon through Monday. The heaviest snowfall will be mainly north of I-70 with lessor amounts south of I-70. The higher mountain valleys may also see some heavy snow later tonight into Monday as well over Jackson County.” – NWS Boulder/Denver
— Loveland Pass should see between 8-12″ of new snow.
— Rabbit Ears Pass could see 20″ of new snow by Wednesday.
“A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for parts of north central Colorado ahead of a Pacific jet system impacting Colorado Sunday afternoon through Monday evening. Higher elevations in the Watch could see 8-16 inches, while valleys could receive 4-10 inches storm total snow accumulation. Check with cotrip.org for road conditions.” – NWS Grand Junction
Winter Storm Warning
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO MIDNIGHT MDT MONDAY NIGHT…
* LOCATIONS INCLUDE…Columbine, Hahns Peak, Toponas, Buford, Trappers Lake, Manila, and Dutch John.
* TIMING…Snow will increase in coverage and intensity this afternoon and continue through Monday evening.
* SNOW ACCUMULATION…12 to 20 inches.
* SNOW LEVEL…Starting around 10,000 feet then lowering to near 7000 feet by Monday morning.
* WINDS…West 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
* VISIBILITY…May drop to 1 mile or less in heavy and blowing
* IMPACTS…The heavy snow will make many roads slushy, icy and snow packed. Be prepared for hazardous winter driving conditions over the high mountain passes.