Steamboat receives more than 1 foot of fresh snow |

Steamboat receives more than 1 foot of fresh snow

Michael Schrantz
Douglas Wipper shakes the snow from the tree in front of his home on Missouri Avenue on Friday morning. Residents woke up to several inches of snow that took a toll on trees and power lines.
John F. Russell

Clearing broken tree limbs

City of Steamboat Springs Public Works Director Chuck Anderson said residents can leave tree limbs that fell during the recent storm at the curb, and city employees will collect them from Monday through Wednesday, if weather allows.

— When the forces are right, Steamboat can exceed its snowiest expectations, even in October.

As of Friday afternoon, Steamboat weather observer Art Judson had measured 12.8 inches of new snow for the storm at his site between downtown and the mountain. Other measuring sites in Steamboat saw as much as 11.6 inches of new snow by Friday morning.

The National Weather Service had predicted that the city would see 3 to 7 inches with 10-inch totals being reserved for the mountains.

In South Routt County, Oak Creek saw 7.3 to 8.9 inches of new snow, and a site in Yampa recorded 8.5 inches.

It wasn’t Steamboat’s signature Champagne Powder bending the trees this morning. Judson wrote in an email that the density “was 0.093 grams per cubic centimeter or 9.3 percent” of the density of water.

“This is about normal for this time of year on a first snow,” Judson wrote.

Wet, heavy snow had Yampa Valley Electric Association sweeping the area for downed power lines.

“YVEA linemen have been out since 8 p.m. (Thursday) night restoring individual outages caused by heavy snow causing limbs to break and fall on lines,” a news release stated.

As of Friday morning, the electric cooperative was reporting about 1,000 individuals experiencing outages across its 7,000-square-mile service territory.

By about 7:45 p.m. Friday, YVEA reported that power had been fully restored across Steamboat Springs and that crews were continuing to work on outages in Craig, Baggs, Wyo., and surrounding areas.

The temperature dropped to as low as 28 degrees Friday morning and was forecast to fall as low as 17 degrees overnight into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The chance for more snow was expected to taper off before 11 p.m. Friday with Saturday gradually becoming sunny with a forecast high of 40 degrees.

The warming trend was expected to carry through the weekend with clear skies and highs in the 60s expected early next week.

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