GJ records second-earliest snowfall, freezing temps

It wasn’t much, but the storm that pushed across western Colorado Thursday night left enough of a dusting of snow in Grand Junction to set a record.

Up in the higher elevations, far more than a skift of snow fell.

The National Weather Service reported that 0.1 inches of snow fell at Grand Junction Regional Airport Thursday night, marking the first time measurable snow fell on that date since the Weather Service began keeping records in 1893. It also was the second-earliest measurable snowfall in the city, coming in behind Sept. 18, 1965, when 3.1 inches fell.

Back-to-back record lows also were set. The temperature dropped to 31 degrees Thursday night and early this morning, beating the previous records of 32 degrees set in 1902 and 1908, respectively, according to the Weather Service.

Several inches of snow fell on Grand Mesa and in several other areas of the mountains and higher elevations of the Western Slope. Snow totals reported to the Weather Service included 12.5 inches four miles south of Collbran, 11 inches six miles south of Mesa, 9 inches at Powderhorn Mountain Resort, 3 inches in Carbondale, 2 inches in Glenwood Springs and 2 to 3 inches on Glade Park.

The Grand Valley is under a freeze warning from 9 p.m. today through 9 a.m. Saturday, with forecasters calling for overnight lows to dip to between 26 and 32 degrees.

Read the full story in Saturday’s Daily Sentinel.


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