Fog, snow unlikely to hinder travelers today

Holiday travelers battled snow and fog this week. But Grand Valley travelers are likely to find a reprieve from bad weather this weekend.

Skies should be clear today and most of Sunday in Mesa County, according to Jim Daniels, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Colorado in general should be clear most of the weekend, with the National Weather Service showing a possibility for snow beginning Sunday afternoon in parts of central and western Colorado.

Snow is possible on Sunday afternoon and overnight into Monday, especially in the San Juan Mountains and from Interstate 70 south, Daniels said. But there’s “just a chance” for snow in the Grand Valley Sunday and Monday.

A storm dumped 3.2 inches of snow on the Grand Valley Monday through early Tuesday. More snow fell Wednesday and Thursday. Fog rolled in Friday morning. Chilly days and nights ahead may result in some patchy fog over the weekend, Daniels said.

Local weather did not play a role in flight delays to and from Denver, Phoenix, Dallas and Houston Friday at Grand Junction Regional Airport, Deputy Director of Administration Amy Jordan said. The first United Express flight from Denver to Grand Junction Friday morning was bumped back for non-fog-related reasons, making flights later throughout the day, Jordan said. She was unsure why some Texas flights were delayed and a Phoenix flight was canceled Friday morning.

“It wasn’t due to weather on our end. It wasn’t that foggy out here and visibility was fine,” she said.

Travel conditions may not be perfect for fliers trying to get to Grand Junction today from parts east or west. The National Weather Service forecasts snow for parts of the eastern Midwest and the Northeast today and rain in southeastern states. Rain and snow also are possible on the West Coast.


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