GJ under winter weather advisory

Off-and-on rain today in the Grand Valley is expected to change over to snow tonight, which could make for a messy commute Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

A winter weather advisory is in place until 11 a.m. Friday for the valley, the Interstate 70 corridor to Silt, U.S. Highway 50 to Montrose and Colorado Highway 92 from Delta to Hotchkiss. Forecasters say a shallow cold front that pushed across northeast Utah and northwest Colorado earlier today should stall around Interstate 70 tonight, and they’re calling for one to three inches of snow by Friday morning.

A winter storm warning, meanwhile, is in effect until midnight Saturday for the Grand and Battlement mesas, the Uncompahgre Plateau and Dallas Divide and the Gore, West Elk, Elk, Sawatch and San Juan Mountains. Eight to 16 inches of snow could fall, with locally higher amounts possible, according to the Weather Service. Mountain passes on the Western Slope will be snow-covered, making travel difficult.

Friday’s high in Grand Junction is supposed to reach just 39 degrees. High temperatures will hover around 40 through the weekend, with a chance of precipitation each day, before the storm clears out on Monday.


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