2013's first winter storm leaves its mark

By: Rob Hughes Email
By: Rob Hughes Email
  • Today's Grand Junction high: 25 degrees
  • Tonight's Grand Junction low: 0
  • Today's Montrose high: 26
  • Tonight's Montrose low: -2

 

In Grand Junction, Friday will be bring snow before 9 a.m., then snow likely with areas of blowing snow between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., with a chance of snow after 3 p.m. High near 25 degrees. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Friday night will bring a 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before 3 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0. Wind chill values as low as -10. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

In Montrose, Friday will be bring possible snow, with areas of blowing snow. Cloudy, with a high near 26. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Friday night will bring a 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -2. Wind chill values as low as -15. South southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

This hazardous weather outlook is for eastern Utah and western Colorado.

Day one: Today and tonight

Occasional snow-- heavy at times in the mountains-- will continue across the region today, but taper off in intensity tonight. Significant accumulations are expected in the western Colorado high country, with 6 to 14 inches possible except 1 to 2 feet across the southwestern San Juan mountains. Snow accumulations will range from with the heaviest snowfall over the southwestern San Juan mountains. The valleys of northwest Colorado will have 2 to 6 inches, except upwards to 8 inches in the Steamboat Springs vicinity.

Days two through seven: Saturday through Thursday.

Saturday, periods of light snow will continue in the mountains, with a few flurries passing over the valleys. Temperatures will be much colder with a some sub zero readings on Saturday morning.

Sunday through Thursday, temperatures stay very cold with subzero temperatures at night. The coldest of mountain valleys will be approaching 30 below zero. High temperatures will remain well below normal. A warming trend will begin on Wednesday in the mountains, but temperature inversions will delay this warming across the snow covered valleys.


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