Snowy few days on way

First came the cold — bitter, record cold.

Now comes the snow — possibly lots of it for the Grand Valley.

The National Weather Service late Sunday night upgraded a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning for Grand Junction, advising that a strong Pacific storm could dump 4 to 8 inches of snow on the city and the lower elevations of the valley by Tuesday.

Some lower areas of the Western Slope could see up to a foot. Higher elevations could get hammered with up to 3 feet of snow.

“Everything seems to be lining up pretty well for western Colorado to get some decent snowfall out of this,” meteorologist Tom Renwick said.

Renwick said rain or a rain-snow mix should begin falling in eastern Utah and western Colorado this morning, with rain changing over to snow by this evening. A “second shot of energy” from the storm will hit tonight, with the heaviest accumulation occurring overnight and carrying into Tuesday, he said.

Many mountain areas, including Grand Mesa and the San Juan Mountains, are under a blizzard warning, with wind gusts of up to 50 mph predicted.

“You’re not going to be able to see,” Renwick said.

The storm comes on the heels of back-to-back nights of bone-chilling cold. Grand Junction set record lows of 1 degree and 2 degrees Friday and Saturday morning, respectively, according to the Weather Service.

The snow should clear out by Wednesday, with high temperatures reaching into the 30s.


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