December Snowfall Recap

A relentless series of strong winter storms passed through the region during the month of December. This brought heavy snow to most of eastern Utah and western Colorado, including the lower valleys.  Mountain snowpack quickly piled up during the month with most river basins running better than 125% of normal as of December 31st.  Only the Yampa and White River Basins lagged behind at 96% of normal. 

For the lower valleys, snow came in bursts and left the Grand Valley with the 5th snowiest December since weather records started back in 1893.  A total of 13.9 inches fell, which eclipsed last years 10.1 inches, which was the 10th snowiest December at that time.  In addition, Grand Junction set a daily snowfall record on December 22nd, when 5.1 inches of snow was measured at the airport. The previous record was 1.8 inches set in 1932. 

Look for a series of storms to pass through the region over the first week of the new year, targeting the northern and central mountains of Western Colorado.  This will bring locally heavy snow to the Park and Gore Ranges near Steamboat Springs and to the Vail Pass area, with lighter snows expected elsewhere. 

Top 10 December Snow Totals 
for Grand Junction, Colorado

Rank

Value*

Year

1

19.0

1983

2

16.7

1967

3

15.8

1915

4

15.2

1924

5

13.9

2008

6

12.4

1913

7

12.3

1928

8

11.8

1978

9

11.5

1919

10

10.4

1971

*All Values are in Inches



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