Grand Valley under freeze warning

Old Man Winter is getting in a final dig on the Western Slope, as snow fell in the Grand Valley this morning and cold air moving in behind the storm system could endanger fruit trees and plants tonight.

The Interstate 70 corridor from the Utah state line east to Rifle and the U.S. Highway 50 corridor from Grand Junction south to Montrose are under a freeze warning from midnight until 9 a.m. Friday. The National Weather Service says lows could drop into the upper 20s both Friday and Saturday morning in Grand Junction.

Rain that began falling overnight turned into snow early this morning. As of 11:30 a.m., Grand Junction Regional Airport had received 0.2 inches of snow and 0.12 inches of liquid precipitation, Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Aleksa said.

Other areas of western Colorado received some significant snowfall. Weather spotters reported anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of snow in Montrose, 4 inches in Rangely, 6 to 8 inches on Grand Mesa, and 10 inches of snow in Aspen, Aleksa said.


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