Forecast: Get ready for winter

Snow possible in 7,000-foot range

Workers around the Grand Valley were out in force blowing out sprinkler systems and checking on furnaces Monday.

Good thing, too.

Balmy autumn weather that has stuck around for weeks is expected to abruptly change, at least for the next few days.

The coldest day of the week is expected to be Wednesday, with a daytime high of 49 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

“It’s a significant cooldown,” Meteorologist Joe Ramey said. “I think it will be some nice fall weather.”

Cold and wet weather is moving in from a storm system generated in the Pacific Northwest, which may stick around until Friday morning, Ramey said.

Areas in northwest Colorado such as Craig and Meeker could see snow falling by tonight. Grand Valley residents may wake up to a snow-covered Bookcliff range and snow in areas above 7,000 to 8,000 feet on Wednesday, though rain is expected for the valley floor.

Temperatures may be their nippiest Thursday night and Friday morning, sinking into the 20s.

“If you have plants or animals out that aren’t used to the cold, you may want to bring them in,” Ramey said.

Weekend weather looks to be mild, with daytime highs in the low to mid-60s through Monday and nighttime temperatures just above freezing, the Weather Service predicts.


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