Forecast: Mercury flirting 
with 70

The Grand Valley appears set for another spring swing in temperature extremes.

The less-than-expected snows from the most recent storm are likely to disappear as area temperatures are forecast to head north of 70 degrees.

According to local weather watchers, the disturbance that blew through Colorado on Friday and Saturday dumped less than the foot predicted for Grand Mesa. Snow measured about 9 inches at higher elevations over over the weekend.

The predictions for the rest of Colorado proved similarly overstated, it seems. Some areas along the Front Range called for as much as a foot and a half of snow, but in reality tallied far less after the storm blew through the state. Most of the Denver area got between 4 and 5 inches, with some spots in the foothills topping out at about a foot of fluff.

“The system just moved faster than we thought. That thing just took off racing,” said Tom Renwick, forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction. “(Saturday) the low pressure was over the Four Corners, and (within a day) it was already over the Front Range, and just flying.”

Renwick said some pockets in the mountains, particularly in the Steamboat Springs area, could see a bit of snow from a disturbance headed to the region tonight and into Tuesday.

But the Grand Valley is expected to take a different trajectory this week, weather-wise, with temperatures potentially climbing into the low-70s by the end of the week. “As far as we’re concerned, we’re just going to be high and dry like this through at least Saturday,” Renwick said.


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