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Seasonable temperatures to persist over the next week.

Temperatures will remain near to slightly above normal for the next several days. Overnight lows will be in the teens in the valleys. A few chances for snow are possible across the area this weekend and into early next week. Read More >

Overview

Two separate storm systems affected the Grand Junction forecast area during this timeframe. The first occurred Sunday, January 22nd and ended Monday the 23rd. The second storm started Monday evening and persisted through Wednesday. The first storm was in response to a passing upper level trough that provided enough lift and instability to provide snow across the region. Favorable south to southwest flow also provided enough orographic lift for snow to fall across mountainous areas. A 6 to 12 hour lull occurred late Monday night into Tuesday morning before the next system brought more snow.

The second storm was more potent as it tapped into the Pacific Ocean allowing anomalously high moisture to move into the region. Accompanying the moisture was a strong upper level jet which increased instability across the area while providing plenty of lift. The low pressure center of this system started off the Washington State coast and slowly dropped south and east through Tuesday. As this happened, south to southwest facing slopes were favored for snowfall, mainly the San Juans. Once the low moved over Colorado, flow switched to northwesterly allowing snowfall to favor the central and northern mountains through Wednesday afternoon.

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Storm Total Snowfall from January 22 - 25, 2017
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