Saturday snowfall breaks record set in 1931

Twelve-year-old Christopher Alexander, right, and his 10-year-old brother Matthew, second from right, shovel one side of a drivveway in the 2600 block of Corral Drive while their brothers Sherman, 13, left, and Nicholas, 8, tend to the other side Saturday after a snow storm dropped around 4 inches of snow in their neighborhood. The boys set out in the morning armed with snow shovels in hopes of earning some money for Christmas by shoveling sidewalks and driveways at their neighbors’ homes.

From midnight through sunrise on Saturday, Grand Junction topped an 82-year-old record for snowfall as measured near the airport, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Grand Junction recorded 1.2 inches on Saturday alone, topping the prior record for Nov. 23, which was 1 inch, set in 1931.

This, as the 24-hour period Friday through Saturday saw 4.5 inches of snow at the airport.

That same period saw 6.2 inches in the town of Mesa, the highest total in the area, according to the weather service.

Other measured reports included 2.8 inches two miles west of Fruita and 4.7 inches in Fruitvale.

Six inches were recorded one mile northeast of Powderhorn Ski Resort.

The Grand Valley’s first measurable 2013 dumping was expected to be followed today into Monday with periods of a rain/snow mix, but no significant accumulation. Dry and seasonal temperatures — highs in the upper-40s and lows in the mid-20s — were expected through Thanksgiving, followed by a possible late-week storm system, according to the weather service.

Elsewhere in the Western U.S., the powerful storm system was brutal, killing eight people from California to Texas, causing hundreds of car accidents and stranding hundreds more.


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