Thanksgiving storm brings snow to Grand Mesa, record rainfall to GJ

Grand Mesa was topped with 10 inches of snow in the last two days, and the Grand Valley was awash in a record rainfall, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

The valley received 0.72 inches of rain Thursday, a record for Nov. 27 in Grand Junction. The previous record of 0.63 inches was set in 1919, said Joe Ramey, a weather service meteorologist.

This time of year, many might have thought the rain would have changed to snow overnight.

“We were too warm,” Ramey said.

Perhaps too warm, but at this point in the season, snow shovels and earmuffs will be in demand sooner rather than later.

“Snow in the valley can’t be too far away. We are overdue,” he said.

By today? No, Ramey said, snow is still probably a week or more away. Another storm system will move into the area late Thursday or Friday, but it is not expected to bring snow to the valley.

Even with Thursday’s rain, Grand Junction is below normal in terms of precipitation for the year.

Year-to-date, a total of 6.4 inches of precipitation has been recorded at Grand Junction Regional Airport, a little more than 2 inches below the historical average of 8.43 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday’s record, however, raised November’s precipitation above the historical average of 0.67 inches for the month, putting the total at 0.95 inches.

Climate models, in use since the 1950s, indicate this winter will be wet in mid-December and January, but potentially dry come February, Ramey said.


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