Snow clouds drop 5.3 inches

A shroud of fog covers the landscape during a snowy day north of Grand Junction.

It may not have been a polar vortex, but for the so-called “banana belt” of Colorado, the snow that fell Thursday night and into Friday was a fluffy reminder that the Grand Valley isn’t immune to winter.

The clouds that rolled in Thursday evening dropped about 5.3 inches of snow on Grand Junction by Friday night, according to the National Weather Service. Surrounding areas received even more: A station near Glade Park recorded 7 inches of snow, the National Weather Service reported, and around 6 inches fell in both Mesa and Silt.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort reported 10 inches of new snow at mid-mountain Friday and 8 inches at the base.

The snow brought January 2014’s precipitation total to .64 inches in Grand Junction, said Norv Larson, a National Weather Service meteorologist, which is .06 inch above normal for January.

Larson said the forecast called for snow to continue across the mountains Friday night and to linger into this morning, “but the heaviest snow has made its way through.”


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