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VIDEO: Storm pushes Springs past average precipitation

By: GARRISON WELLS
February 21, 2013
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photo - Donna and Joe Murphy got some use out of their snowshoes as they walk through Remington Park on Thursday morning. Photo by JERILEE BENNETT,THE GAZETTE
Donna and Joe Murphy got some use out of their snowshoes as they walk through Remington Park on Thursday morning. Photo by JERILEE BENNETT,THE GAZETTE 

Wednesday night’s blast pushed Colorado Springs a half inch over the average this time of year, according to the National Weather Service.

Typically precipitation in February in the Springs is 0.21 inches.

So far this month, the area is at 0.85 inches, said Mike Nosko, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

Overall snowfall in the Springs so far this month is at 9.8 inches, with 7.3 inches of that blanketing the ground Wednesday night, he said.

Light snow is forecast for Friday in the Springs, with heavier snowfall predicted for Sunday, adding to the precipitation totals for the month.

"We do have another sytem that’s coming down Sunday," said Makoto Moore, meteorologist with the weather service in Pueblo. "It looks like it's going to be somewhat unsettled."

Sunday's storm will hit the Continental Divide late Saturday night and roll across the state Sunday, he said.

"This is definitely a good thing," Moore said. "I wish we'd get a lot more of it, but we're still knee deep in drought."

Still, there's hope of more precipitation in the near future. March and April are the wettest months as Spring slides in.

"We still have our fingers crossed for those months," Moore said.

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Record precipitation for February in the Springs:

  1. 23.2 inches: 1987
  2. 18.9 inches: 1989
  3. 18.5 inches: 1911
  4. 18.4 inches: 1934
  5. 15.5 inches: 1997

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