Cold front kicks up wind; snow headed for mountains

A cold front moving in ahead of a spring storm is already wreaking havoc in the Grand Valley, knocking a sign off a building in downtown Grand Junction and closing the city’s recycling center for the day.

The wind kicked up early this afternoon in advance of a storm expected to drop rain in the lower elevations of western Colorado and several inches of snow in the high country. That wind loosened a sign and some metal siding from the building formerly occupied by Dos Reales Tortilleria, 124. N. Seventh St. A person walking in the area reported being hit by debris but didn’t appear to be seriously hurt, according to initial reports.

The city posted on its Twitter feed at 12:45 p.m. that the recycling drop-off center off West Avenue was being closed for the day due to high winds.

A winter storm warning is in effect from 3 p.m. today until 9 a.m. Friday for most of the mountain ranges of western Colorado, according to the National Weather Service. Showers are expected to become widespread late this afternoon over the mountains, then turn to snow overnight. Eight to 16 inches of snow could fall, with higher amounts above 10,000 feet, forecasters say.

Here in the valley, there’s a 40 percent chance of rain showers today and tonight, then a 30 percent chance of rain Thursday. Today’s high is expected to top out at 65 degrees, then drop to 55 on Thursday.


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