Snow to let up for a cold New Year

Spencer Heil of Grand Junction takes on a homemade terrain park made up of a pair of picnic tables as he snowboards in Duck Pond Park Wednesday.

Ed Bernal, left, and Dave Snapp team up for double duty on snow shovels as they clear the sidewalk along Fifth Street by Snap Photo Wednesday.

Mike Stevens of Grand Junction takes his 20-month-old granddaughter Fiona Benson for a hike through the snow at Duck Pond Park Wednesday.

You’re in heaven if you like the powdery snow and cold temperatures.

Temperatures tonight for New Year’s Eve celebrations will be especially chilly with lows at about 7 degrees, according to the National Weather Service of Grand Junction.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 2.3 inches of snow blanketed the Grand Valley from the latest storm that started Tuesday night. More snow was expected to fall Wednesday night and end this morning. No more snowfall is on the horizon in the near future, said Bryon Lawrence, hydrologist at Grand Junction’s National Weather Service.

“It will be chilly, but it won’t be snowing,” he said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the month was on pace to be the sixth snowiest on record, Lawrence said, with 13.1 inches of snow reported so far this month.

“That’s pretty impressive for this area,” Lawrence said. “For a snow lover it’s kind of depressing, because you realize it doesn’t snow much here.”

If you can’t get enough snow, head to Grand Mesa. As of Wednesday afternoon, Powderhorn Ski Resort had received 11 inches of snow since Tuesday and is reporting a 38-inch base of snow. The ski resort’s terrain is 95 percent open.


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