Residents in southwest Colorado can expect another winter storm to hit the area. Matthew Alexa is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. He says this storm in particular will be much cooler and windier than the winter storm that came through the area last weekend.

“We are in this very active pattern, we have several waves moving across the area pretty much in succession one after or another through the rest of this week and into the weekend, we’re going to see lots of opportunity for more snowfall accumulation as we head through the week with continued cold temperatures and temperatures getting even colder late this week into the weekend as an arctic air mass moves through the area, and we’re kind of seeing some lingering effects of the previous one that went through with this last storm system.”

Alexa says tonight’s storm totals vary, but residents in Durango and the surrounding areas should expect anywhere from two to six inches in the valley and six to twelve inches in the San Juan mountains. Southwest Colorado may get a break from the snowfall on Friday. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction says another winter storm is expected to hit the region this weekend, although Alexa says the details on that storm are still a bit hazy.

“We’re still going over the numbers as far as the mounts go and fine-tuning that, but it does look like, this weekend is going to be much colder and a chance for more significant snowfall for the mountains and getting down to the valleys as well, it’s just a matter of how much, depending on the exact track to the storm.”

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is reporting that Thursday evening’s forecast is looking like patchy blowing snow, mostly before 8:00 p.m. Wind chill values could get as low as minus ten and wind gusts as high as 30 miles an hour.