Heavy snow, bitter cold in forecast

A Colorado State Trooper motions to drivers to slow down along Interstate 70 as snow began falling Wednesday. A tow truck carries a pickup that went off the highway near Loma.

Don’t be surprised to wake up to winter today.

All of western Colorado and Eastern Utah is under a winter storm warning until Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

In other words, those who have been despondent about the lack of wintry weather so far will be pleased to know all that is forecast to change in the days ahead.

“This storm should help us get a little bit of snow on the ground,” said Aldis Strautins, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Depending on where you live, snow from this storm could be as much as 24 inches in the mountains and 6 to 12 inches in the valleys.

The snow should be accompanied by “bitter” temperatures, Strautins said. The forecast is calls for high temperatures not above freezing lows near single digits , he said.

This winter storm that prompted the National Weather Service to issue the storm warning is “a strong and very cold system from the Gulf of Alaska.”

After relatively warm and dry weather so far this winter in the Grand Valley, residents may need shovels and gloves today, particularly for morning commutes, Strautins said.

Snow started to fall in the area early Wednesday and caused several motorists on Interstate 70 to crash or slide off the road, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Lucas Johnson said.

Although none of the accidents was serious, Johnson said each incident was directly related to slippery roads.

The Weather Service advises people not to travel today or Friday, because of the snow and cold.


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