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March 21, 2013
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Spring is in the air in the Grand Valley!

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Spring officially began Wednesday, March 20. And though many say warmer weather, winds and rain kicked the season of renewal into high gear a little early, temperatures are not currently above average.According to Grand Junction National Weather Service Senior Meteorologist Chris Cuoco, there's "no big warming or cooling trends" throughout the valley in the near future. The typical high is in the mid-50s and the normal low "is right about freezing." And through there has been some significantly warmer days (think 70-plus degrees), Cuoco said that's been balanced out by storms causing cooler-than-average temperatures, too."It's been right were it should be," he added. "This time of year, we have a lot of variation. ... That's typical of March."All said, wind will likely be the most inconvenient aspect of spring in the valley."We like to call it a 'small-dog warning' when high winds are in the area," Cuoco said. "Keep hold of your little dogs."And blow it may, with storms predicted to come through the jet stream on top of Grand Junction this week. "Watch for trash barrels going down the street, and don't burn during high winds," Cuoco said. "During the burning season, it's really important to pay attention to the forecast, especially the winds."Stay tuned for significantly warmer weather in April and May, too."May can reach into the 90s at the end of it," Cuoco said. "April will be the first really warm month."Snowpack levels, at least right now, are also staying cold enough at higher elevations."The snow is staying put for the most part," he noted.Even so, the Grand Valley is "still running around 20-25 percent below normal with snow cap and snow water equivalent," Cuoco said. "We still would like to get more snow from the next few storms to build up a better snowpack before we get into summer."


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