More Than Gifts, St. Nick Delivers White Christmas to Grand Valley
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Residents around the Grand Valley woke up to a white Christmas Tuesday morning, a treat rarely enjoyed in the area.
"Here in the Grand Valley, we've had records since 1893. About 20 percent of the time, we've had measurable snow on the ground on Christmas day," said Travis Booth with the National Weather Service.
According to the organization, it snows in the Grand Valley on Christmas Day about 14 percent of the time on average.
Getting to the winter wonderland is actually a fairly technical process.
"There's two definitions of a white Christmas. One is that there is measurable snow on the ground. The other is that there is snow falling from the sky and that it is measurable, on the day of Christmas," added Booth.
The Grand Valley received three inches of snowfall Christmas Eve, waking up to sparkling white grounds and clear blue skies Christmas Day.
"I'm so glad to see it and it's so beautiful," said Jane Westbrook, a nearly lifelong Grand Junction resident.
For some, this year's snow means a traditional Christmas.
"I have some friends who were going to stay in town because there wasn't much snow on the Mesa ... but they left yesterday because we've now gotten enough snow," added Westbrook.
For others, it's a welcome sight after a rough year.
"There are so many troops down range. My best friend just got back from Afghanistan; a lot of people don't get to be home. It's really special to actually be back here when all my friends and colleagues are out there fighting right now," said Jacob Elliott, a medical technician for the U.S. Military.
The snow even brought out the spirit in those that have to work on the jolly holiday.
"We're excited to have the active weather and the snow fall. It tends to be good for everyone in Eastern Utah and Western Colorado," said Booth.