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Greeley area gets 4-6 inches of snow, more cold weather to come

Sharon Dunn
sdunn@greeleytribune.com

Consider yourself lucky this morning. You slept through it.

Temperatures were expected to plummet overnight to a frigid 17 below zero, just a tad off the 45-year-old record of minus 21.

Greeley-area residents plodded through 4-6 inches of snow Thursday morning, with temperatures remaining steady in the single digits. By day's end, the snow that blanketed the morning streets was piled high on the sidelines.

They'll stay that way through much of the weekend.

"We do get the sun (Friday) only for a brief time," said David Barjenbruch, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Boulder. "By mid-afternoon, the sun comes out with light winds. It won't be that warm for long."

While the sun will rise and shine today, it will only warm us up to about 17 degrees this afternoon.

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"If you don't like the cold, stay indoors," Barjenbruch said. "If you're heading outside, dress appropriately. We haven't seen temperatures this cold in a long time."

Barjenbruch said the residents are in for more of the same tonight with temperatures well below zero.

"We'll have one more bone-chilling night Friday, well below zero. And on Saturday, we'll warm up more, pushing into lower-20s with more sunny skies," Barjenbruch said. "We're looking for a warm-up back in the 30s for Sunday, and we hope to start melting the snow with about 40 degrees on Monday."

He said next week will bring another storm, but the snow will stay in the high country and build snowpack for the summer irrigation season.

"So that's good news for the farmers," he said.

The massive storm that's expected to dump up to a foot of rain in California and spread east into the Rocky Mountains likely will stay out of the foothills and the plains, Barjenbruch said.

"The Sierra Nevada will get pounded over the next week," he said. "A lot of that moisture gets wrung out of over the mountain ranges … and by the time it gets here, maybe some clouds lower elevations in eastern Colorado."

Snowfall totals

» Greeley 6 inches

» Northwest of Greeley 4 inches

» Pawnee Buttes 6

» Firestone 6 inches

» Fort Collins 9 inches

» Loveland 9 inches

Source: National Weather Service

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