According to the National Weather Service, a freeze warning is in effect in Grand Junction for Monday night, April 13. Temperatures are expected to reach as low as 22 degrees overnight.

To think, I was giving serious thought to firing up my automatic watering system this last weekend. As it turns out, it's a good thing I didn't.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't I just get a mild sunburn while working in the yard on Saturday? Seriously, thought was given to using the weekend as a chance to fire up my watering system and maybe even the swamp cooler. Of course, having been born in this town, I should know by now not to jump the gun when it comes to Western Colorado weather.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

The freeze warning will remain in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday (April 14).  The high temp for Tuesday isn't expected to reach 50.

How does this look compared to past years? Grand Junction's average temperatures for April 13, according to, are a high of 64 and a low of 37. It just so happens tonight's expected low brings us within a few degrees of the record of 19 set back in 1997.

Speaking as someone who's enjoyed the great pleasure of picking my ceiling up off the floor after a water line ruptured, I strongly recommend you take these freeze warnings seriously. Granted, most Western Colorado residents have yet to fire up their sprinklers or swamp coolers, but there are those anxious few who are quick to get a jump on things when spring officially rolls around.

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