‘Vigorous’ storm front moving in overnight
Sun-lovers, it’s time to shove those short-sleeved shirts to the back of the closet.
Skiers and boarders, prepare to rejoice.
A storm forecasters described as “vigorous” that was expected to swoop into western Colorado overnight will bring a mixture of rain and snow to the Grand Valley and nearly two feet of snow to some areas of the high country. It marks a sudden end to a string of sunny, dry, 60-degree days in Grand Junction that flipped the calendar back a month or two.
“We’re probably going to see the end of the 60s. We’re looking at a major winter-type event for the mountains,” said Ellen Heffernan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
Winter storm warnings and watches have been posted for most of the higher elevations of western Colorado. Forecasters say the storm could dump 10 to 20 inches on Grand Mesa and the San Juan Mountains. Other ranges, including the Gore, Elk, Elkhead and Park mountains in central and northern Colorado could see a foot of snow. Those watches and warnings are in effect starting tonight through late Saturday or early Sunday.
Heffernan said winds accompanying a cold front could result in blowing and drifting snow, creating especially hazardous driving conditions.
Here in Grand Junction, the forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain today and a high of 60. The cold front will drop highs into the 40s through Monday.
Heffernan said the city should will see a mixture of rain and snow Friday night and Saturday, and there’s a chance for a small accumulation. Sunday night’s low is forecasted to drop to 14.