Storm dumps snow on mesa, half-inch of rain in valley

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Snow lovers got their first taste of winter Sunday night as snow fell in Colorado’s high country.

Although the snow camera at Powderhorn Mountain Resort shows green grass and a dry deck, about 4 inches of snow dropped higher up Grand Mesa at the Skyway and County Line trail heads on Sunday night.

A photo on the website for the Grand Mesa Nordic Council, gnmc.org, shows a cross-country skier on the Skyway trail in a winter wonderland.

“It looked like a lot of snow fell about 10,600 feet and above,” said Dennis Phillips, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

The storm system that dumped snow above 10,000 feet brought more rain in the Grand Valley.

More than a half-inch of rain fell in Grand Junction on Sunday, further bolstering the area’s rainfall amounts.

Already this month, Grand Junction has received 2.93 inches of rain. Average rainfall to date in September is 0.91 inch.

To date this year, the Grand Valley has received 8.9 inches of rain, nearly meeting the valley’s normal yearly rainfall amount.

Another storm system Thursday and Friday is expected to drop more snow in the high country, though the weather system is expected to move north of Interstate 70.

“This next storm doesn’t look like it has as much moisture, but it will be a tad colder,” Phillips said.

The average first frost in Grand Junction is expected by Oct. 22 and the average first freeze is expected Nov. 1.


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