You might consider preparing your shoveling muscles and snowblowers, because a major storm system - or two - could hit
here next week.
The Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service said two storm fronts will be coming into the area
back-to-back, with a third possibly following.
The first, arriving this evening, is the least likely to drop big moisture on Southwest Colorado, with a 20 percent
chance of snow tonight and a 30 percent chance of snow Sunday. Snow from that front is more likely to fall in central
and northern Colorado, according to the Weather Service.
But on Monday, shoveling chores become more likely.
The last couple of model runs have been pretty consistent," meteorologist Tom Renwick said Friday evening. This
will be a big one, and pretty much all of Colorado will get snow."
The forecast is for 1 to 2 feet in Durango and 2 to 3 feet in the southwest San Juan Mountains on Monday and Tuesday.
Temperatures are expected to remain cold through the end of the week, with highs in the 30s and lows from the single
digits to the teens.
Skiers in Southwest Colorado are anxious to see snow. As of Friday, Wolf Creek Ski Area was reporting 25 inches at
the base, and Silverton Mountain has 30 to 40 inches on higher slopes but was recommending skiers bring their rock
skis for the lower slopes. Telluride Ski Area's snow report claimed 20 inches. Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort
needs the snow more than all of them, with only 2 percent of the mountain open and 13 inches of primarily man-made
And if you get a lot of snow Monday and Tuesday, you can pretty much rest assured that you will get a lot of snow on
Thursday and Friday," Renwick said. That one's tracking in a very similar way to the storm coming in on Monday."
The cold temperatures may well last for some time, Renwick said.
With 1 to 2 feet of snow, it's not going anywhere," he said. It may get even colder because the snow reflects the
heat from the sun back into space."
A hazardous weather warning the Weather Service issued said wind gusts are likely on passes and mountain ridges, and
recommends that travelers check road and weather conditions before setting out.