The snow that fell on Greeley Wednesday came up short of expectations — much to the delight of local commuters, but much to the disappointment of local farmers needing moisture on parched soil and to provide cover for a young winter wheat crop
However, the good news for crop growers and other water users is that snowfall was abundant in the mountains, where accumulation is greatly needed to replenish low reservoirs — used heavily during this year’s drought — and also to fill irrigation ditches when it melts in the spring.
Frank Cooper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said most of the mountain areas north of I-70 reported 8-12 inches Wednesday.
The Greeley area on the other hand, Cooper said, only received about one inch — falling short of forecasts that at one time were calling for three to five inches.
Because of Wednesday’s storm, roads and highways in northern Colorado were icy in spots, but conditions overall weren’t too hazardous, local officials said.
Some minor accidents occurred in Weld County — mostly on I-25 in the southern part of the county — but no road closures were needed.
Cooper added that forecasts call for dry weather through the weekend, but another storm system could come to the state on Monday and Tuesday, bringing snow with it.