Late-season snowstorm surprises Colorado

The calendar says mid-May, but the weather in Colorado is more reminiscent of mid-February.

A strong, late-season snowstorm jolted western Colorado today with rain throughout the afternoon and temperatures plummeting into the mid-30s, and some of the highest elevations of the state could receive as much as three feet of snow by the time of the storm exits Colorado.

The system prompted concerns about freezes in areas where the growing season is well underway and many gardeners abided by the rule of waiting until Mother’s Day to plant. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction had issued a freeze watch for the Grand Valley for Thursday morning but canceled it this afternoon. A freeze warning remains in effect for some areas of southwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah.

Most areas of western Colorado, other than the lowest elevations along I-70 into Garfield County and U.S. Highway 50 to Montrose, are under winter weather advisories through Friday. The greatest snowfall is expected in north-central Colorado at elevations above 9,000 feet.

In Grand Junction, forecasters are calling for a chance of rain showers or rain mixed with snow through Friday morning, with highs in the 50s and lows in the mid-30s. Conditions will dry out by the weekend, with highs rebounding into the 60s on Saturday and 70s on Sunday.


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