Snow making for tricky commute

Grand Valley motorists face a slick and slow commute this morning, as several inches of snow fell overnight and early this morning.

As of 8:45 a.m., most major roads in town either had yet to be plowed or were plowed early and already covered in snow again.

School District 51 schools are open and operating a normal schedule, though the district reported on its Twitter feed around 7:30 a.m. that four buses — one special needs, two in Fruita and one for Dual Immersion Academy — were running behind schedule.

The city of Grand Junction went on accident alert at 6 a.m. Drivers involved in non-injury accidents should get their vehicles off the road to a safe location, exchange information and file an accident report within 48 hours. Police will only respond to serious accidents with injuries, hit-and-run crashes and accidents where someone is suspected of being intoxicated.

Much of northwestern Colorado, including the valley, remains under a winter weather advisory until noon. Periods of snow this morning are expected to taper to snow showers this afternoon, with total accumulations of 2 to 4 inches. A winter storm warning remains in place until 11 p.m. today for Grand and Battlement mesas and the San Juan Mountains. Eight to 15 inches of snow could fall in those areas, with the highest amounts above 9,000 feet in elevation and on south- and west-facing slopes.

Unofficially, the National Weather Service is reporting 4 inches of snow in Palisade, 5 inches on the Redlands and 3 inches in Clifton.


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