Junction to enjoy 40 degrees, finally

Kim Amidei and Bryan Skarda of Centennial, right, tip street musicians Taylor Scofield, playing guitar, and Lael Nordstrom, percussion, on Friday in downtown Grand Junction.

For those who have forgotten what 40 degrees feels like, it is time to jog that memory.

Temperatures are forecast to hit a high of 41 to 46 for the next several days, marking the first time since Nov. 27, 2013 — yes, it has been 51 days — that Grand Junction will feel temps higher than 40 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

It was 44 on Nov. 27.

Matthew Aleksa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said early December snow, mixed with last month’s short days and inversions, prevented the snow or ice from melting and put the area in a cold funk it has struggled to shake.

However, he said, a ridge of high pressure’s moving in, bringing warmer, drier weather.

It won’t be until next weekend that lower temperatures are forecast to settle into the area, Aleksa added.


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