This time, it should stick: Snow on the way

Grand Valley residents could wake up Thursday with a light blanket of snow on the ground.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction on Tuesday issued a winter weather advisory for most of west-central and northwest Colorado, saying a fast-moving storm accompanied by cold temperatures will move into the Western Slope this afternoon. Snow should begin falling tonight and continue through Thursday morning.

Forecasters are calling for 1 to 3 inches in the valley and up to 10 inches in the mountains.

“It’s really kind of a low-end advisory event, but with the time of year and possible impacts to travel, we thought the best thing is to issue an advisory,” said Mike Chamberlain, forecaster with the National Weather Service.

Unlike earlier this month, when snow stuck to the grass but not to the pavement in the city, Chamberlain said the mercury will drop low enough that flakes should accumulate on local roadways, potentially making the commute Thursday morning hazardous.

With no other system moving in behind it for the next several days, he said this storm will determine whether Grand Junction will have a white Christmas.

“There’s enough cold air,” he said. “If we get snow, it should be a white Christmas here.”

Today’s high should top out around 37 degrees before the front moves in, dropping the high below freezing Thursday and Friday.


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