A mild winter for Montrose

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO) - The talk in the Grand Valley this winter season has been about the snow and how cold it is here in Grand Junction. But some other places on the Western Slope are seeing a different kind of winter.

Since the first week of December when the Grand Valley was hit with 9.2 inches of snow, we've been in a deep freeze. But not everyone on the Western Slope has been as cold.

"December was the fifth coldest on record but that's not true for the region as a whole," says Joe Raimey of the National Weather Service.

The Valley has seen temperatures above freezing only 18 times this winter with most of those days happening in the past two weeks. "That snowfall has skewed our whole winter, we've been cold because of one storm," says Raimey.

But just a short drive down to Montrose will relieve your winter blues.

That same snowstorm also hit Montrose, but for them the snow only hung around for about two weeks. "It poured rain and we had 40 plus mile an hour winds and in the matter of two hours it was gone," says Troy Youngren.

For most of the winter Montrose has experienced at, or above average temperatures and plenty of sunshine. This is why many Valley residents are making the drive to get out and play some golf.

"I'm getting two to three calls a day from people in Grand Junction wanting to set up tee time for the weekend or late in the week," says Youngren.

Youngren works at Cobble Creek Golf Course and has seen this increase all winter.

But it's not just Montrose that has been warmer than us. "Overall the region has been milder than normal," says Raimey.

Even places like Aspen have seen wintertime temperatures close to 50 degrees.

Snow is the reason why the Grand Valley has been like an ice chest all winter, keep the colder air settled on the Valley floor while the heat keeps just out of reach. "Wintertime inversions will skew our temperatures downward," says Raimey.

Until the snow melts, you'll have to go up, to warm up. "Two weeks ago we played six holes in short sleeves," says Youngren.

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