Weather Expert Says Early Snows May Prove Deceptive

Skiers are happy now, but forecasters at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction say the state's farmers may be jumping for joy come spring.

State–wide snowpack is at near–to- normal levels for this time of the year, but forecasters say the Grand Mesa is slightly below normal at about 90 per cent of normal.

Today's predictions for heavy snow bode well for skiers now,
but meteorologist Joe Ramey says a moderate El Nino effect indicates mid–winter snows could taper off, with another jump in snow for late winter.

Ramey says that late snowpack means farmers will have plenty of water for early-season planting, even if winter sports enthusiasts have a dry spell mid-winter.