Regardless of wether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow this weekend, the fact is, there is still a lot of winter weather to come in Western Colorado.

The fact is, I am probably not as happy about it as it appears in this picture, but hey, what can do do about it?

It was nice to see the driving range open this week on North Avenue, although I did not get to use it. Looks like it may be a few days before we will have the opportunity to again hit some balls. However, it looks like Grand Junction may escape the worst of the winter storm that is bearing down on Colorado.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for northern and central Colorado until 5 a.m. Friday. Total accumulation could be as much as 30 inches in some mountain areas.

This weather event will impact an area from the Grand Mesa to Vail Pass and also Hwy 50 across the central passes. Areas that have high snowfall amounts expected include Rifle-5 to 10", Aspen-15 to 30", Glenwood springs-10 to 20", Gunnison-10 to 20", Salida-5 to 10"

All of these areas will also experience winds from 15 to 30 MPH, with gusts to 50 MPH, which will great reduce visibility and create drifting and avalanche conditions.

Have fun and enjoy the snow - it won't be long until the July heat sets in.