Western Colorado winters offer fun, beauty, and the magic of the holidays. If you're new to the valley, you may find that hard to believe. Trust me, we have had snowfall in Grand Junction. Enjoy memories from the 40s through the 70s from Grand Junction and surrounding areas, in alphabetical order no less, with the "ABC's of Western Colorado Winters" via the lens of photographer Robert Grant.

Bob Grant, having been born in what we now call Clifton, saw close to 80 years of Western Colorado winters. The gallery above contains images of heavy snow, Christmas celebrations, trains and their crews enduring Colorado's cold temperatures, and kids having fun.

Why am I concerned with this at this point in time? Looking at the National Weather Service, it appears Grand Junction might just see snow on Saturday, November 24. Considering the colossal dud of a winter we had last year, you may be wondering if the region has ever seen snowfall.

National Weather Service

In my defense, my grandpa, Bob Grant, didn't always write information down on his photos. Most of the photos above were taken 30 years before I was even born. I apologize for the fact I don't know the names of the people in the photos (with a few exceptions).

Some of these were tough. It's hard to come up with winter themes beginning with the letter "Z." Fortunately for me, Grand Junction was home to the Zephyr for a number of years.

Look through the gallery, and you'll no doubt agree, there are, and always have been, a number of things to treasure when it comes to Western Colorado winters.