Freeze watch endangers West Slope crops

Cover up your tomatoes and peppers tonight if you want to preserve the remaining bit of this year’s harvest.

Several areas of the Western Slope, including the Grand Valley, are under a freeze watch tonight through 9 a.m. Saturday, as overnight lows could drop into the upper 20s and lower 30s, according to the National Weather Service.

The early-fall freeze not only could jeopardize those backyard gardens, but grapes that local growers have yet to pick.

In addition to the valley, the freeze watch encompasses the Interstate 70 corridor from the state line to Silt, the central Colorado River basin, the central Gunnison and Uncompahgre River basin, northwest Colorado and the Four Corners area.

The forecast calls for an overnight low of 32 degrees in Grand Junction. Saturday’s high should top out in the low 60s.


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