After days of snow and freezing winds, Colorado Springs residents will get some relief from the cold Friday, when high temperatures are expected to climb to the mid-30s in a warming trend that is expected to last at least until Sunday.
"It's going to feel like a heat wave after what we've been through," said meteorologist Makoto Moore.
A wind chill advisory forced most school districts in the area to cancel classes a second straight day Thursday, and temperatures in the city didn't get above zero until the afternoon
By 5 p.m. the thermometer was back below zero, said meteorologist Peggy Perales with the National Weather Service in Pueblo.
The National Weather Service reported a high of 2 degrees Thursday night. The weather filled beds at the Lighthouse Mobile Ministries warming shelter. Lighthouse is typically opened only after the Springs Rescue Mission shelter and the Salvation Army's R.J. Montgomery Center are full, and it rarely reaches its capacity of about 18. But it turned away four people Wednesday night.
Pastor Bob Mariani was expecting the same Thursday night.
"It's the most we've had at one time," he said.
Last Thursday, before a multisystem storm moved into the region, bringing above average January snowfall, city residents enjoyed highs in the 50s. The following Friday, the storm capped off January's snowfall totals at 13.6 inches--more than double the average monthly totals of 5.6 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
The region will probably miss out on any snow through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
The Continental Divide was forecasted to receive up to 8 inches of accumulation overnight Thursday, and the central mountain region was expected to see high winds and fresh snow through Monday. Winter weather advisories were also issued for the western Sawatch, western Mosquito and San Juan mountain ranges through Friday.
- Gazette reporter Andrea Sinclair contributed to this report.