February this year meant more sledding and snow days for kids in Colorado Springs.
February’s average precipitation since 1981 is about a third of an inch. This February brought nearly an inch of water to the thirsty Pikes Peak region, more than twice the average.
That doesn’t mean the drought is over, or even anywhere close to ending.
Colorado Springs usually gets about 64 inches of rainfall in a four-year period, according to the National Weather Service. While the clouds worked overtime last month, the city is still behind by about 15 inches of rain.
“We would need a year’s worth of precipitation to fall tomorrow to get us back to normal,” said Steve Hodanish, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
There might be a little more snow in the near future for Colorado Springs, Hodanish said, but it’s still too early to tell.
The National Weather Service is predicting a good chance for March to bring an average amount of rain. If a bit tardy, the month is coming in like a lion with flurries possible Monday afternoon and potential for a substantial storm during the weekend.
Weather service meteorologist Eric Petersen said Monday’s moisture is expected to be “fairly spotty in the Pikes Peak region.”
The forecast is calling for a light chance of rain in the morning with about a 50 percent chance of snow after 1 p.m. in Colorado Springs. Accumulation is expected to be less than an inch, but some areas in the higher elevations could get an inch or two “if they get under a heavy shower,” Petersen said.
Weather services forecasters are tentative to make concrete predictions for Saturday and Sunday, but, according to Petersen, much of Colorado could receive “a lot of precipitation.”
Predictions call for a 30 percent chance of snow on Friday with the likelihood of precipitation increasing for the weekend for Colorado Springs.
“There’s going to be a fairly large storm system that moves into the western U.S. late in the week,” Petersen said. “It does have the potential to bring a lot of snow across most of Colorado if the track is right.”
Tuesday through Friday should be great days to get outside and shed winter coats. The National Weather Service predicts mostly sunny days with highs hitting the 40s and 50s.
Gazette reporter Matt Steiner added to this report.