By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Experts with the National Weather Service says a major storm system will dump several of inches to several feet of snow across Western Slope cities and mountains.

While some Grand Valley residents may have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads Wednesday night, Dave Fedler says his family will be dreaming of a White Christmas.

"You gotta love snow on Christmas," said Fedler. "All the kids will be happy."

Looking at their most recent weather models, forecasters with the National Weather Service say a white Christmas is just what Western Colorado is in store for.

"We have a very strong cold front," said Paul Frisbie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "It's one of the strongest we have seen in quite some time."

They say a massive storm will begin dumping snow across Western Colorado Thursday afternoon -- 4 to 8 inches on the ground in the Valley, and anywhere from a foot to 3 feet on the Mesa, the San Juans, and other mountain areas. They say the system will be packing a lot more than just the white stuff.

"There will be snow and there will be gusty winds, which will just wreck more havoc if anyone happens to be outside during that time," said Frisbie.

The National Weather Service says driving conditions could be very similar to what we saw earlier in the week -- and even worse for anyone trying to travel through or up to the mountains.

"We're looking at wind gusts of sixty to eighty miles per hour possibly for the exposed areas," said Frisbie.

Some say just listening to the forecast was enough to get them to make some adjustments to their holiday plans. Fedler says he had hoped to be celebrating Christmas in Salt Lake City at his sister's house, but made the call to stay home.

"They're supposed to get a whole lot of snow," said Fedler. "It changed my plans, but it's okay."

Other say the snow may impact them in a different way.

"I may have to work since I remove snow," said Grand Junction resident Brian Corwin.

But at the end of the day, they say they would much rather have to deal with an extremely white Christmas, than not have one at all.

"Snow is still good," said Corwin.

The National Weather Service says the most snow Grand Junction has ever received in a single month is 19 inches back in 1983. This month, Grand Junction has already received 13 inches of snow.

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