Caitlin Row

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January 17, 2013
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DON YOUR HATS! No relief for freezing temps in the Grand Valley

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Get used to the cold because it's sticking around, at least for a little while. Below-freezing temperatures are predicted to last through Thursday, Jan. 21, with any signs of abatement only being temporary.

"The inversion is strengthening," Ellen Heffernan, a meteorologist with National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said. "It will stay cold, at least though the middle of next week. Thursday is the first chance of things warming up slightly."

According to Heffernan, a cold front is needed "to scour out the valley" of the inversion layer currently trapping polar air inside. But, as of Thursday, Jan. 17, it wasn't clear whether next week's front would be strong enough to truly make a dent in the arctic chill impacting Grand Junction since Dec. 18.

A little luck may be on our side, however. Fresh snow would be needed to perpetuate the strong inversion felt throughout the Grand Valley. And Heffernan said next week's system will likely be more of a "brush by," with little snow being predicted. Even so, it's unlikely that snow on the ground will melt, and an inversion would likely reform behind the front, though with less strength.

"In the next couple days, it could be in the 20s," Heffernan said. "It probably won't get above freezing next week, with nighttime temperatures in single digits or slightly below 0."

Valley residents also experienced record-busting temperatures Jan. 14-15, with record lows for those dates hitting -12 both days.

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