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WEATHER: Springs gets sprinkles while ski areas get snow

By: MATT STEINER
December 3, 2012
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Weather spotters reported light rain in the Colorado Springs area Monday afternoon. The brief bit of moisture, however, doesn’t mean an end to the drought will come anytime soon.

According to Mike Nosko of the National Weather Service, dry conditions should dominate the rest of the week and continue “about the same as we’ve been having.” Highs are expected to stay in the 50s.

During November, Colorado Springs received just 0.02 of an inch of precipitation. The city usually gets about 0.40 of an inch of moisture in November, according to the weather service.

While Nosko was tentative to predict more than a few days out for accuracy reasons, the forecast on the weather service website points to Sunday as the next chance for any rain or snow in the city. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 40s for highs in the area with only a slight chance of precipitation.

The higher elevations could see moisture a little sooner, however. Predictions call for a chance of snow overnight Wednesday in Teller County and another flurries on Sunday.

Those who hope for snow near the ski areas did get a bit of a teaser Monday morning as Breckenridge reported about 3 inches of new snow.

“It’s nice to see the white stuff,” said Kristen Stewart, with the Breckenridge Ski Resort. “Anytime we get snow, we’re excited. It’s definitely good for the soul and helps the morale of skiers all over the state.”

Most ski areas across the state were expecting at least an inch or two of new snow on Monday with more predicted Wednesday night into Thursday, according to opensnow.com.

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