Snow forecast as pair of Pacific storms deliver 1-2 punch

The Grand Valley will see another round of cool, wet weather this weekend and perhaps a chance of snow accumulation as a pair of Pacific storms moves into the area.

A winter storm watch is in effect from this evening through Saturday afternoon for much of the central and northern mountains of Colorado, while a winter storm warning is in effect for the southwest San Juan Mountains.

The central and northern mountains could see 6 to 12 inches of snow by the end of the day Saturday, while the southern mountains could receive 10 to 15 inches, according to Jeff Colton, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Grand Junction’s high today is expected to top out in the low 60s before the first storm rolls in, bringing a 50 percent chance of rain Friday night and a 50 percent chance of rain and snow Saturday. Saturday’s high is forecast to fall into the low 40s.

Colton said areas such as Whitewater and Montrose could pick up an inch or two of snow in the first storm, but it likely will be too warm for Grand Junction to see any snow cover. That might change Sunday night, when a second storm pushes into western Colorado. Colton said it’s too early to tell whether Grand Junction will see any snow accumulation from that storm, but he noted it’s possible because temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 20s.

The second storm that will hit the state Sunday night into Monday could bring snowfall totals in the mountains similar to those expected in the first storm, Colton said.


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