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Freeze warning in effect for Colorado Springs area as wet, cold weather lingers

May 19, 2017 Updated: May 19, 2017 at 11:01 am
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photo - Rockrimmon Elementary School students walk to school Thursday morning as a spring snowstorm blankets the area in northwest Colorado Springs. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Rockrimmon Elementary School students walk to school Thursday morning as a spring snowstorm blankets the area in northwest Colorado Springs. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette 

Rain and snow are expected to linger through Friday night in Colorado Springs, but sunnier, drier weather is ahead.

The slow-moving storm brought below-average temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo. Friday night's predicted low is 32 degrees.

A frost advisory for El Paso County is in effect until 9 a.m. Friday, while the northern part of the county will be under a freeze warning until 11 a.m. Friday.

"Remember, if you have plants that you have planted or that are outdoors, you will want to cover them up to make sure they do not freeze Thursday night and Friday night," Gazette news partner KKTV reported Thursday.

Expect highs of 44 degrees Friday, 56 degrees Saturday and 62 degrees Sunday, according to the weather service.

The weather service predicted a 40 percent chance of snow showers Friday until 8 a.m., when the rain will mix with snow, becoming a 50 percent chance of rain showers after 10 a.m. Friday night has a 40 percent chance of rain showers until 2 a.m., when the rain will mix with snow and then gradually end.

Fountain Creek remains under a flood warning, though waters have receded since Thursday.

"The pattern remains slightly unsettled through the weekend with scattered showers possible both days... gradually warmer weather will take hold heading into next week," KKTV reported.

Saturday's skies will likely be partly sunny, with a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon, the weather service reported. Sunday's skies are expected to be mostly sunny, with a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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