Obviously, it has not been the snowiest of winters in western Colorado, but here's why Grand Junction should expect more snow.

Theoretically, the more snow Grand Junction receives, the more likely there is to be significant snowfall on the Grand Mesa. That's exactly what winter sports enthusiasts want and need.

While snowfall in the high country hasn't met expectations so far this winter, there is every reason to be optimistic.

Typically, January is the snowiest month, with an average snowfall of five inches in Grand Junction. So far, Grand Junction has officially received just under 3-1/2 inches of snow this month, although some areas of the valley have seen more.

What we have to look forward to, according to past history, is three inches of snow in February and in March, and another inch in April. That would pretty much give us our average winter snowfall in the Grand Valley. History tells us we should expect more significant snowfall this winter and spring.

Considering how mild our winter temperatures have been so far and the small amount of snow, it feels like a strange winter. What lies ahead is anybody's guess. My guess is we will see our fair share of snowfall in the valley, and the skiers will ultimately get the snowfall they want and need for optimal conditions on the slopes.