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What’s next for Greeley and Weld County after season’s first snow?

Tommy Simmons
tsimmons@greeleytribune.com

Weld County residents on Monday morning were treated to an example of Colorado's fickle weather when they awoke to the first snow of the season, but officials don't believe the wintry weather will last.

Rain began falling late Sunday night but with temperatures dropping fast by early Monday morning, the precipitation turned to snow.

By 7 a.m., weather stations in the Greeley area reported between 1 and 2 inches of snow on the ground, according to Kyle Fredin, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. The snow kept falling into the early afternoon but, at least in Weld, it didn't accumulate much more than that.

"Most of it was to the west of I-25," Fredin said. "(Those areas) got anywhere from 2 to 8 inches, and of course it ramps up as you move into the foothills."

Still, in Greeley, snow this early in October caught some off guard. Jayson Edwards, a music composition student at the University of Northern Colorado, said even though he's a Colorado native, he wasn't expecting the snow at all.

"I should be used to snow," he said. "You never know what the weather could be."

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By about 11:15 a.m., with snow still falling and a stinging wind present outside, Edwards was seated at a table in the college's university center, but he was preparing for a trek across campus for a music class.

Snow also slowed down Cameron Cotton's commute from Loveland to UNC. The sophomore chemistry major said he also was caught off-guard by the snow.

"It still boggles my mind that yesterday it was 70 (degrees) and sunny, and there's snow today," he said.

Colorado's climate will again demonstrate its ability to flirt with extremes later this week, according to Fredin. After a cold Monday night, he said temperatures could soar as high as 70 degrees over the next few days.

"You're looking at a pretty nice week," he said.

Driving in snow

Greeley police Sgt. Jim Roybal said Monday morning he was not aware of any serious crashes within the city’s limits caused by the weather. But law enforcement officers did offer advice for traveling in the season’s first snow.

“The splashback happening right now is definitely a factor,” said Sgt. Rob Madden of the Colorado State Patrol. “People are not totally prepared for what’s happening on their windshields.”

That sentiment was echoed by Cpl. Francisco Saucedo of the Weld County Sheriff’s office.

“Just be patient with everybody else,” said Cpl. Francisco Saucedo of the Weld County Sheriff’s office. “(You’ll) get there sooner or later.”

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