Big snow day in valley

Kelly Smith shovels a driveway along Chipeta Avenue.

Mesa State College art student Jacob Thaden shores up the inside of a snow kiln that he built Tuesday as an assignment for a class about kiln construction. Snowfall Monday night and Tuesday morning provided Thaden the raw material for the job.

It didn’t quite compare to the “snowpocalypse” inundating the Eastern and Midwestern United States with flurries, but Grand Junction got more snow Tuesday than it received during the entire month of January.

Two inches of snow fell in the first month of the year, less than half of the 4.3 inches of snow that fell by 4 p.m. Tuesday at Grand Junction Regional Airport. The National Weather Service received reports of 4 inches in the Redlands and in Palisade by the same time Tuesday afternoon, as well as 12 inches at Powderhorn Ski Resort, seven inches in Collbran and 2.7 inches on Orchard Mesa.

This week’s snow activity is more in line with a normal Grand Junction winter than previous months have been, National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Chamberlain said.

“What’s more unusual is how long we’ve been without snow here,” he said.

The snow may stick around for a few days, Chamberlain said, but the temperatures will return to above freezing on Friday and stay near or above normal over the weekend and into next week.

Chamberlain said he does not foresee any snow coming within the next seven days, but predicted there will be “another significant snow event in the valley” before winter ends.


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