Springtime cold snap on its way

Shorts on Saturday and wool coats on Monday?

“This is not unusual, it is just springtime in the Rockies,” said Norv Larson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Recent temperatures in the 70s plunged Sunday, during which a wind gust of 66 mph was recorded at 6:20 p.m. at Grand Junction Regional Airport.

And there’s more to come.

“The weather in general is going to be pretty unsettled this week,” Larson said.

Rain will stay out of the plains and fall mostly in the mountains, north of Interstate 70. The Grand Valley’s best chance of precipitation is Thursday.

Orchardists will want to keep an eye on the mercury. Temperatures are predicted to fall below freezing tonight, when another storm is expected to move through.

April 22 is the median for freezing weather in the Grand Valley, Larson said.

And while the valleys are thawing, the mountains are retaining tons of snow. The Upper Colorado River basin is at 100 percent of average and many others are near average. The exception is the southwest corner of the state, which might get another bump of snow this week.

Through the week high temperatures are predicted to stay in the mid-40s to mid-50s and the lows will flirt with the freezing mark, according to the weather service. Sunday is predicted to be sunny with a high of 64 degrees.


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