Pacific storm systems to send more rain,  snow into Grand Valley

Mesa State College student Emily Farrell braves the cold and snow on campus Friday. The town of Mesa reported nearly 10 inches of snow this morning.

For drivers hoping Friday’s snowfall that snarled morning traffic is the last of powdery white stuff for now, you’re likely headed for disappointment.

For skiers and boarders looking for a little more powder on the Powderhorn Ski Resort runs, you’re likely headed for the lift line.

John Kyle, data acquisition program manager for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said storm systems spinning off the Pacific Ocean are expected to send more rain and snow into the Grand Valley and across Colorado’s high country.

“We’ve just had a series of different Pacific storms moving through the area in 24- to 36- to 48-hour intervals,” Kyle said.

The National Weather Service forecasts a 60 percent chance of rain and snow throughout the day Saturday.

Friday’s snowfall, Kyle said, dropped 2.3 inches of snow at the Grand Junction Regional Airport, 10 inches at Mesa and 11 inches at Powderhorn.

The morning’s snowfall caused a series of minor accidents and collisions on area roads and highways, according to dispatched reports.

According to National Weather Service data, the record snowfall for Feb. 13 is 5.1 inches, set in 1903.

Kyle said these types of winter storms are common throughout February.


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