Storm zeroing in on Western Slope

A potent winter storm is taking aim at western Colorado, with forecasters predicting a foot of snow or more in the higher elevations this weekend and a mixture of rain and snow in the Grand Valley.

A winter storm warning is in effect from from 6 p.m. today until noon Monday for most of the mountains of the Western Slope, including Grand Mesa and the Uncompahgre Plateau, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Strong winds will move into western Colorado tonight ahead of the system and bring snowfall to south-facing slopes. Once the cold front passes on Saturday, the winds will shift and heavier snow will fall on northwest-facing slopes. Snow will continue through Sunday, according to the Weather Service.

A foot or more of snow is expected across most mountains and plateaus of western Colorado and eastern Utah, forecasters say.

Here in Grand Junction, the forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain after 2 p.m. today and a high of 47 degrees. Rain and snow are likely tonight, and snow is likely Saturday, with up to an inch accumulation possible. Saturday’s high should be 35.


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