Minus 11 degrees set record Dec. 5; snow at 5.9 inches


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The big storm that blew through the Grand Valley from Tuesday into Wednesday not only snarled streets and blanketed the region with ice and snow, it also left a number of weather-related records in its wake.

Record low temperatures were reached on both Wednesday, Dec. 4, and Thursday, 
Dec. 5, according to data trackers with the local office of the National Weather Service. A reading of minus 8 degrees in Grand Junction on Wednesday set a new record low for the day, from a previous record low of 1 degree set in 2009.

A temperature reading registered at Grand Junction Regional Airport at 2:50 a.m. on Thursday also was record-setting in terms of a low temperature for the day. That reading of minus 11 degrees was well below the previous record of 2 degrees set in 2009.

Accompanying the cold was a record level of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service.

Weather-watchers reported .54 inches of precipitation on Wednesday — in the form of 5.9 inches of snowfall recorded. That bested precipitation and snowfall totals for the day — .35 in precipitation in 1944 and 3.7 inches of snow recorded in 1972.

Storm snowfall totals from across the region revealed the real impact the storm had in multiple spots.

In Garfield County, 30 inches of snow were measured at Douglas Pass over the course of the storm, and 17 inches of snow were recorded in New Castle.

In Delta County, 8 inches fell in Paonia and 5 inches were recorded in Hotchkiss.

The measurements were similarly mixed across Mesa County.

A measuring site at the Skyway on Grand Mesa tallied 10.5 inches of snow, while 9 inches were recorded on the Redlands and 7 inches on Glade Park, according to weather service data.


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