Cold snap continues, but some relief in sight

WITH THE AIR TEMPERATURE significantly lower than the water temperature, fog forms Monday over the Colorado River. The cold that has gripped Grand Junction for days continued Monday, with a high temperature of just 15 degrees, the 10th straight day that the high was below normal — and the eighth on which it was at least 10 degrees below the average.



The cold weather that has descended upon the Grand Valley in the past two weeks is expected to stick around a couple more days.

Monday’s high in Grand Junction topped out at a frigid 15 degrees, marking the 10th day in a row of below-normal highs. Eight of those days have had highs at least 10 degrees below the average for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service.

Hydrologist Bryon Lawrence said after an unusually warm and dry November, December and January have featured snowy, chilly conditions.

“I wouldn’t say we’ve been extremely cold, but we’ve been unseasonably cold,” he said. “You get snow on the ground, then get cold in place, and inversions set up.”

Lawrence said the next storm system that will be strong enough to scour out the cold air will push into the area tonight into Wednesday. Temperatures should rise above the freezing mark by Thursday, with highs forecast to reach the mid-30s.

Monday marked the 22nd consecutive day in which there was more than an inch of snow on the ground. That is nowhere near the record of 94 days, which was set in 1978, according to Lawrence.


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