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February 7, 2013
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The Grand Valley inversion may be gone, but ...

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - With weather trending warm this week (think highs near 50 degrees), folks may be wondering if it's finally time to hang up their puffy coats.

Joe Ramey, a Grand Junction National Weather Service meteorologist, said it may "feel like spring in the air," however "there's a good taste of winter on the horizon."

Another storm system is "bearing down on us this weekend," he added, "especially in the mountains."

Some amount of moisture will fall in Grand Junction, with more snow being predicted for the high country.

"This weekend it's back to wintry weather," Ramey said.

According to At the warmest, predicated temperatures for Saturday (Feb. 9) will reach 35 degrees, with Sunday (Feb. 10) coming in below freezing.

Another Grand Junction National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Phillips said the best chance for Grand Junction to see some precipitation is early in the weekend. However, folks planning to drive into the mountains should "stay aware and check road conditions."

Plus, Phillips said another front should push in after this weekend, so it could be a "one-two punch" with spotty high-country weather conditions into next week.

That said, Grand Junction won't likely see much snow. Scattered rain showers throughout the weekend are more likely.

An inversion, or rather the layer of cold air trapped in the Grand Valley, created days upon days of below-freezing temperatures throughout December and January.

"Obviously, we've broken the inversion mostly," Ramey said. "We mixed out the cold air with the last storm. It takes a cold front to warm things up in the Grand Valley, to scour out cold air in the valley bottom. That happened last week with the big storm (which dropped 18 inches of snow at Powderhorn). Rain helped melt the snow on the ground, and the inversion wasn't re-formed."

Phillips also said "it's not likely for a strong inversion layer to re-form" in the valley any time soon.

"With the snow melted, we'll have to see," he added.

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