A moist and unsettled northwest flow brings a series of disturbances. Two disturbances pass Wednesday night-Thursday and Thursday night into Friday. Fortunately for the trails, the brunt of these two storms will impact the Steamboat Springs area more than the Mesa. Still expect mostly cloudy skies with light snow and blowing snow at times, gusty northwest winds at 10-20 mph in the open areas, with afternoon temperatures in the brisk low 20s. Perfect weather for skiing close to those you love! Total new snow from Wednesday night through Friday will be a trace to 2 inches.
In contrast we get a weather break this weekend as a fast moving ridge of high pressure passes. Saturday is The Pick Day for this period. After a cold Saturday morning in the single digits, mostly sunny skies and light west winds will allow afternoon temperatures to climb to near freezing. Sunday southwest winds and clouds will be on the increase through the afternoon.
The third in a series of disturbances brings light snow Sunday night into Monday, President’s Day 18 February. The weak cold front on Monday may produce a few hours of moderate snowfall. Still accumulations should be light, just a few inches. Monday winds will be 10-20 mph switching from southwest to northwest as the front passes. Afternoon temps in the low-mid 20s.
A break in showers is expected for Monday night into Tuesday. Southwest winds will remain brisk increasing to 20-30 mph on Tuesday.
The final and strongest disturbance of this series (the last in a series is nearly always the strongest) will bring snowfall beginning Tuesday night but continuing into Thursday, 19-21 February. The forecast models on the morning of the 13 February were producing around a foot of new snow for the GMNC trails from this storm. Winter weather highlights are possible with this storm.
More snow is good, for skiing and summer drinking.