Ski areas get snow, promising forecast

Two separate weather systems blew through the Grand Valley this weekend after a big trough of cold area that dropped down on the region — leaving some decent snow totals throughout the Colorado mountains and a dusting of snow at the lower elevations.

The most recent system overnight Saturday and Sunday brought 1.2 inches of snow measured at the Grand Junction Regional Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

Powderhorn Ski Resort — open for the first weekend of the season — reported the addition of 6 soft inches Sunday morning. That meant pockets of sunshine and fluffy cover for the resort’s second open day of the year.

The town of Mesa, just below the resort, reported 1 to 2 inches of snow Sunday morning, according to weather watchers.

Colorado resorts varied in their Sunday snowfall reports. Crested Butte saw 2 inches, Aspen-area mountains got dusted with just an inch, Telluride and Steamboat reported 5, Monarch reported 6 and the Summit County resorts 1 to 3.

Powderhounds should head south to Wolf Creek, near Pagosa Springs, which reported more than 20 inches Sunday morning. The ski area has a base well above any other resort in the state so far this season.

Grand Valley residents can expect another cold snap and possible snow later this week. A winter storm watch is in effect for mountain areas from tonight through Wednesday afternoon. The brunt of the system looks to sweep through the area Tuesday evening into Wednesday.

“It’ll be cold enough to snow down here,” said Matthew Aleksa, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.  “Whether or not it does fall and how much, that’s still in question — but it looks like the mountains definitely will see good amounts of snowfall with this upcoming storm.”


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