Warmer weather expected Thursday

Sam Green/Cortez Journal Fire and ice fill the air as the Chrome Mafia float passes by judges Saturday in the Parade of Lights. The Chrome Mafia float won first place among commercial entries. Re-1 Transportation won first place among nonprofits, and Kemper Elementary School won first place in the "Other" category.


A winter storm dropped several inches of snow in the Cortez area this weekend, adding to the holiday atmosphere Saturday night at the annual Four Corners Board of Realtors Parade of Lights on Main Street.

About 2.3 inches of snow fell in the area, and low temperatures are predicted to persist for the next few days, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Tuesday, the high is predicted to be 28 degrees and a low of minus 1 degree.

Cold air followed in the weekend snowstorm into the area and it is hanging low over the surface of the ground with the snow.

Wednesday the National Weather Service also predicted a high of 28 degrees and a low around 0.

Thursday the high should reach 30 degrees, and temperatures should continue to rise above freezing over the weekend.

Local meteorologist Jim Andrus warned residents to watch for slippery patches on roadways and sidewalks over the next few days.

"With temperatures this cold, any snow or ice will be slow to melt," Andrus said.

Cortez has received about 14 inches of precipitation so far this year, slightly more than the yearly average of about 13 inches, he said.

This is only the fourth time in 15 years Cortez has broken its yearly average.

Fresh powder also fell at local ski areas.

Hesperus reported 8 inches of snow falling on Sunday.

Over the weekend, Telluride reported 5 inches of new snow, and Durango Mountain Resort reported 15 inches. No new snow is predicted for local ski areas this week.

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Snow adds to the Christmas atmosphere for the Parade of Lights down Main Street in Cortez. Enlargephoto

Sam Green/Cortez Journal Snow adds to the Christmas atmosphere for the Parade of Lights down Main Street in Cortez.

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Jack Martens, right, Patricia Lacey and Hieu Tran clear the sidewalk in front of their townhouses Wednesday during the snowstorm. Enlargephoto

Sam Green/Cortez Journal Jack Martens, right, Patricia Lacey and Hieu Tran clear the sidewalk in front of their townhouses Wednesday during the snowstorm.