Snow in store for West Slope higher elevations

The calendar says May, but winter is stubbornly hanging on in the higher elevations of western Colorado.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a winter weather advisory for Grand Mesa and other mountainous areas, effective from midnight tonight through 6 p.m. Thursday.

Forecasters are calling for 3 to 6 inches of snow, mainly above 9,000 feet, though the snow level should drop to 8,000 feet by Thursday morning.

In addition to the mesa, the advisory area includes Battlement Mesa, the Gore, Elk and San Juan Mountains and the Flattops.

Meanwhile, a winter storm warning is in effect from midnight tonight through 6 p.m. Thursday for the West Elk and Sawatch Mountains. Five to 10 inches of snow could fall there, according to the Weather Service.

After a rainy day today in Grand Junction, more precipitation is in the forecast for the Grand Valley. There’s a 60 percent chance of rain Wednesday, with a forecast high of 64 degrees, before things dry out in time for the weekend.


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