Dear Santa: Please bring a snow shovel
This Christmas likely to get even whiter than it already is
If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas, wake up.
The National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office is guaranteeing Christmas will indeed be white. It may not be falling snow, but there will be snow on the ground nonetheless.
Tonight, Christmas Eve, the weather service is predicting a 60 percent chance of snowfall and for temperatures to dip to around 21 degrees. Christmas Day is predicted to have a 60 percent chance of snow and a high temperature of 36 degrees.
So while forecasters cannot say with confidence that snow will be in the air Dec. 25, they can say it will be on the ground.
“We will absolutely have snow on the ground from this (Monday night/Tuesday morning) storm,” said Joe Ramey, a forecaster for the weather service.
The storm dumped 5 1/2 inches of snow at Grand Junction Regional Airport, said Paul Frisbie, another weather service forecaster.
The record for any 24-hour period in Grand Junction is 4.8 inches. Because the weather service tracks records from midnight to midnight, and not by storm totals, Frisbie was unsure if the snowfall was truly a record.
Another storm is targeting the area, though. It is anticipated to produce up to 3 inches of snow in the Grand Valley on Christmas night and Friday morning, Ramey said.
“The next storm is approaching us on Christmas Day,” he said. “It will definitely be blowing and going in the mountains.”
Regardless of how much, or how little, snow there is in the Grand Valley on Christmas Day, this month is shaping up to be one of the snowiest on record for the month of December.
As of Tuesday the weather service had recorded 12.7 inches of snow in December.
“That will put us in the top 10 snowiest Decembers on record since 1900,” Ramey said.
Last year the weather service reported 10.1 inches for the whole month of December. The snowiest December in the valley on record was in 1983, when 19 inches of snow was