New snow for Christmas unlikely, but ground should still be white
Will it be a white Christmas in Grand Junction?
Yes and no, depending on how you define it, according to projections available Sunday from the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
A system packing potential for 2 to 4 inches of snow on the valley floor is expected to move in today, starting in the morning and continuing through midnight.
That projected dumping should be highest on the western end of the valley, said Norv Larson, meteorologist with the local weather service office.
“We could start to see it sometime after 3 a.m., and the chances increase rapidly as sunrise approaches,” he said.
Prospects, however, for Christmas Day flakes on the valley floor are “less than mentionable,” Larson said.
Since 1893, there’s been measurable snowfall in Grand Junction on Christmas Day just 14 percent of the time, he noted.
In that same period, there’s been measurable snowfall on the ground 20 percent of the time on Christmas Day.
Tuesday’s projected high temperature is 21 degrees, well below Grand Junction’s normal Christmas Day high of 37 degrees.
The record high for the day, 60 degrees, was set in 1971, while the low was recorded in 1924 at minus 17 degrees.
A second storm system with snow potential is expected to arrive Wednesday night.
Year-to-date precipitation totals continue to lag: 4.27 inches through Sunday in Grand Junction, less than half of what’s normal through Dec. 23.