<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - weather]]> http://gazette.com/rss/weather Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:17:06 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Winter returning to Pikes Peak region after brief reprieve; blizzard warning issued in southern Colorado]]> THE GAZETTE - http://gazette.com/winter-returning-to-pikes-peak-region-after-brief-reprieve-blizzard-warning-issued-in-southern-colorado/article/1547091?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/winter-returning-to-pikes-peak-region-after-brief-reprieve-blizzard-warning-issued-in-southern-colorado/article/1547091?custom_click=rss

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Temperatures that climbed to the high-teens were joined by sunny skies for most of Saturday, a noticeable difference from a week of snowy weather in the Pikes Peak region and across the state.

The Colorado State Patrol went off accident alert for El Paso and Teller Counties, and did Colorado Springs police for the city, and road conditions were much improved.

But mist and fog returned Saturday



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Temperatures that climbed to the high-teens were joined by sunny skies for most of Saturday, a noticeable difference from a week of snowy weather in the Pikes Peak region and across the state.

The Colorado State Patrol went off accident alert for El Paso and Teller Counties, and did Colorado Springs police for the city, and road conditions were much improved.

But mist and fog returned Saturday

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Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:36:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs medical team braves snowstorm to help Alamosa newborns]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-medical-team-braves-snowstorm-to-help-alamosa-newborns/article/1547075?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-medical-team-braves-snowstorm-to-help-alamosa-newborns/article/1547075?custom_click=rss

Sleeping soundly on Friday morning, Kolton neared the moment when doctors could remove a tube that had helped him breathe for five days.

Call it a moment of calm after the storm of his nearly week-old life.

On Sunday, Kolton, who suffers from a respiratory disorder, was one of two newborns who needed critical care at an Alamosa hospital during a statewide snowstorm. His condition - as well as the birth of a baby who came three months early - led a medical team from St. Francis Medical Center in northeast Colorado Springs to make two harried, 300-plus-mile trips to get them in ambulances.

Five days later, the babies were more stable, and doctors took Kolton off a ventilator Friday night. That opened the possibility of



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Sleeping soundly on Friday morning, Kolton neared the moment when doctors could remove a tube that had helped him breathe for five days.

Call it a moment of calm after the storm of his nearly week-old life.

On Sunday, Kolton, who suffers from a respiratory disorder, was one of two newborns who needed critical care at an Alamosa hospital during a statewide snowstorm. His condition - as well as the birth of a baby who came three months early - led a medical team from St. Francis Medical Center in northeast Colorado Springs to make two harried, 300-plus-mile trips to get them in ambulances.

Five days later, the babies were more stable, and doctors took Kolton off a ventilator Friday night. That opened the possibility of

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:32:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Boulder waives snow removal fines]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/boulder-waives-snow-removal-fines/article/1547092?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boulder-waives-snow-removal-fines/article/1547092?custom_click=rss

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Boulder authorities are temporarily waiving fines and fees for residents who do not clear their public sidewalks because of what they are calling extreme weather conditions.

Code enforcement supervisor Jennifer Riley says the city doesn't want people getting hurt trying remove thick ice and snow.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/mngvydc), the city usually gives residents 24 hours to clear their public sidewalks, beginning when the National Weather Service declares a snowstorm over.

Residents who fail to clear the sidewalks usually are liable for a civil penalty and the cost of a contractor to remove the snow.

By Friday morning, the city had seen nearly 55



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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Boulder authorities are temporarily waiving fines and fees for residents who do not clear their public sidewalks because of what they are calling extreme weather conditions.

Code enforcement supervisor Jennifer Riley says the city doesn't want people getting hurt trying remove thick ice and snow.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/mngvydc), the city usually gives residents 24 hours to clear their public sidewalks, beginning when the National Weather Service declares a snowstorm over.

Residents who fail to clear the sidewalks usually are liable for a civil penalty and the cost of a contractor to remove the snow.

By Friday morning, the city had seen nearly 55

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:05:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Snow provides plenty of options near and in Colorado Springs for winter fun]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/snow-provides-plenty-of-options-near-and-in-colorado-springs-for-winter-fun/article/1547074?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/snow-provides-plenty-of-options-near-and-in-colorado-springs-for-winter-fun/article/1547074?custom_click=rss

Pikes Peak region residents have two options for the weekend: stay cozy, warm and voluntarily snowed-in or go outside in search of great winter adventures.

The abundance of snow that has graced the region, according to outdoor enthusiasts, has made winter adventures easier to reach than usual.

Snow cover makes local sites such as Bear Creek and Monument Valley parks great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, outdoor retailers say.

Act quickly, though, if you don't own your gear: as of midafternoon Friday, most snowshoes and skis were rented out for the weekend.

Mountain Chalet was out of rental cross-country skis and had only two pairs of snowshoes for rent left as of 3:15 Friday. A handful of backcountry

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The abundance of snow that has graced the region, according to outdoor enthusiasts, has made winter adventures easier to reach than usual.

Snow cover makes local sites such as Bear Creek and Monument Valley parks great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, outdoor retailers say.

Act quickly, though, if you don't own your gear: as of midafternoon Friday, most snowshoes and skis were rented out for the weekend.

Mountain Chalet was out of rental cross-country skis and had only two pairs of snowshoes for rent left as of 3:15 Friday. A handful of backcountry]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:10:40 -0700 <![CDATA[El Niño may be to blame for all the snow dumping on Colorado Springs]]> Kassondra Cloos, The Gazette http://gazette.com/el-nio-may-be-to-blame-for-all-the-snow-dumping-on-colorado-springs/article/1546865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-nio-may-be-to-blame-for-all-the-snow-dumping-on-colorado-springs/article/1546865?custom_click=rss

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The sun-stealing snow is expected to keep coming off and on through early next week, meteorologists say, likely causing traffic hazards.

It’s part of a weather pattern change that is pulling in moisture from the West Coast.



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The sun-stealing snow is expected to keep coming off and on through early next week, meteorologists say, likely causing traffic hazards.

It’s part of a weather pattern change that is pulling in moisture from the West Coast.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:06:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Map: See where the snowfall was the deepest on Friday morning]]> Maria St. Louis-Sanchez http://gazette.com/map-see-where-the-snowfall-was-the-deepest-on-friday-morning/article/1546985?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/map-see-where-the-snowfall-was-the-deepest-on-friday-morning/article/1546985?custom_click=rss As snow continued falling through Thursday night, some parts of Colorado Springs were hit harder than others. Trained National Weather Service spotters report that the deepest new snow on Friday morning was in the south part of the city.

A spotter in Ivywild reported 5.9 inches of snow in a 24 hour period with a total of 11 inches on the ground there. Near Circle Drive and Interstate 25, a spotter reported 6.4 inches Friday morning with a total of 12.5 inches on the ground.



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As snow continued falling through Thursday night, some parts of Colorado Springs were hit harder than others. Trained National Weather Service spotters report that the deepest new snow on Friday morning was in the south part of the city.

A spotter in Ivywild reported 5.9 inches of snow in a 24 hour period with a total of 11 inches on the ground there. Near Circle Drive and Interstate 25, a spotter reported 6.4 inches Friday morning with a total of 12.5 inches on the ground.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:27:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Denver breaks record for snowiest February]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/denver-breaks-record-for-snowiest-february/article/1546984?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-breaks-record-for-snowiest-february/article/1546984?custom_click=rss DENVER — Denver has broken the record for its snowiest February.

The National Weather Service says Thursday's snowfall pushed the monthly accumulation to a tenth of an inch over the old record of 22.1 inches set in 1912. There's still a chance of more snowfall Friday and Saturday before March — the city's snowiest month — begins.

Boulder has also set a record for its snowiest February, with over 50 inches of snowfall. That smashed the previous record of 32.1 inches set in 2012.



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DENVER — Denver has broken the record for its snowiest February.

The National Weather Service says Thursday's snowfall pushed the monthly accumulation to a tenth of an inch over the old record of 22.1 inches set in 1912. There's still a chance of more snowfall Friday and Saturday before March — the city's snowiest month — begins.

Boulder has also set a record for its snowiest February, with over 50 inches of snowfall. That smashed the previous record of 32.1 inches set in 2012.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:03:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Road crew secrets on how to stay warm in the cold]]> BY Eric singer eric.singer@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/road-crew-secrets-on-how-to-stay-warm-in-the-cold/article/1546961?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/road-crew-secrets-on-how-to-stay-warm-in-the-cold/article/1546961?custom_click=rss Road crews may be the ultimate Oracle of Delphi when it comes to staying warm in these frigid temperatures.

And they have to do it without breaking the bank.

Mike Lovato, a Colorado Springs Utilities crew supervisor, has 11 years experience dealing with all kinds of weather conditions. Lovato's top-to-bottom tips for staying warm starts with a pair of good long johns made of cotton to retain the heat.

But good footwear is even more important.

"Boots are probably the most important thing, and they should be waterproof and insulated," he said. "You lose a lot of heat through your feet and your head, and if either one of them gets cold, you are pretty much done.



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Road crews may be the ultimate Oracle of Delphi when it comes to staying warm in these frigid temperatures.

And they have to do it without breaking the bank.

Mike Lovato, a Colorado Springs Utilities crew supervisor, has 11 years experience dealing with all kinds of weather conditions. Lovato's top-to-bottom tips for staying warm starts with a pair of good long johns made of cotton to retain the heat.

But good footwear is even more important.

"Boots are probably the most important thing, and they should be waterproof and insulated," he said. "You lose a lot of heat through your feet and your head, and if either one of them gets cold, you are pretty much done.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:50:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Denver apologizes for late notice on snow day]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/denver-apologizes-for-late-notice-on-snow-day/article/1546956?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-apologizes-for-late-notice-on-snow-day/article/1546956?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Students in Denver, Jefferson County and Pueblo got a day off from school Thursday from the latest round of snow to hit Colorado but not everyone was happy about it.

Parents in Denver weren't notified about the closure until around 6:30 a.m. just as many were preparing to get their children to school.

Superintendent Tom Boasberg issued a public apology, saying road conditions proved to be much worse than predicted. He also said additional snow expected in the afternoon led the district to close schools

"We strive to whenever possible to make these calls the night before in order to give families more time to plan," he said.



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DENVER — Students in Denver, Jefferson County and Pueblo got a day off from school Thursday from the latest round of snow to hit Colorado but not everyone was happy about it.

Parents in Denver weren't notified about the closure until around 6:30 a.m. just as many were preparing to get their children to school.

Superintendent Tom Boasberg issued a public apology, saying road conditions proved to be much worse than predicted. He also said additional snow expected in the afternoon led the district to close schools

"We strive to whenever possible to make these calls the night before in order to give families more time to plan," he said.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:03:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Last-minute tickets available for weather-braving Joshua Bell fans]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/last-minute-tickets-available-for-weather-braving-joshua-bell-fans/article/1546948?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/last-minute-tickets-available-for-weather-braving-joshua-bell-fans/article/1546948?custom_click=rss

The lousy weather doesn't seem to be keeping Joshua Bell's fans away from his nearly sold-out performance.

The acclaimed violinist performs at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic at 8 p.m. Thursday. The performance was sold out until a handful of people donated their tickets back to the venue or elected to see a different performance on a hopefully less-snowy evening.

"The show will go on," said Nathan Newbrough, president and CEO. "We really hope everyone will be safe on the roads."

All the factors that go into a performance make it impossible to just reschedule it. People willing to brave the weather who weren't able to get tickets the first time around have a shot at a second chance if they act quickly.



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The lousy weather doesn't seem to be keeping Joshua Bell's fans away from his nearly sold-out performance.

The acclaimed violinist performs at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic at 8 p.m. Thursday. The performance was sold out until a handful of people donated their tickets back to the venue or elected to see a different performance on a hopefully less-snowy evening.

"The show will go on," said Nathan Newbrough, president and CEO. "We really hope everyone will be safe on the roads."

All the factors that go into a performance make it impossible to just reschedule it. People willing to brave the weather who weren't able to get tickets the first time around have a shot at a second chance if they act quickly.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:47:47 -0700
<![CDATA[State weather roundup: Southwestern Colorado could get snow in feet]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/state-weather-roundup-southwestern-colorado-could-get-snow-in-feet/article/1546884?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-weather-roundup-southwestern-colorado-could-get-snow-in-feet/article/1546884?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Southwestern Colorado could see snow measured in feet again this weekend.

The National Weather Service says it's difficult to predict how much snow the storm will produce starting Friday morning but the southwest San Juan Mountains look to benefit the most.

The weather service says 1 to 2 feet of snow are possible though other forecasters are predicting 3 feet in some areas.

Last weekend, the southwest San Juans got up to an estimated 3.3 feet of snow while between 15 inches and 2.5 feet were reported in the northwest part of the range. The figures are based mostly on automated sensors.

Another round of snow shut down three large school districts in Colorado on Thursday.



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DENVER — Southwestern Colorado could see snow measured in feet again this weekend.

The National Weather Service says it's difficult to predict how much snow the storm will produce starting Friday morning but the southwest San Juan Mountains look to benefit the most.

The weather service says 1 to 2 feet of snow are possible though other forecasters are predicting 3 feet in some areas.

Last weekend, the southwest San Juans got up to an estimated 3.3 feet of snow while between 15 inches and 2.5 feet were reported in the northwest part of the range. The figures are based mostly on automated sensors.

Another round of snow shut down three large school districts in Colorado on Thursday.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:06:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Map: Snowfall totals throughout the region]]> Maria St. Louis-Sanchez http://gazette.com/map-snowfall-totals-throughout-the-region/article/1546924?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/map-snowfall-totals-throughout-the-region/article/1546924?custom_click=rss While the roads may be slick, the total snow that fell over the city was relatively light for most parts of El Paso County Wednesday night, with the worst areas in the northeast.

Thursday morning, weather spotters for the National Weather Service reported an inch or less in the southeast parts of El Paso County.

To the north, the snow kept getting deeper. East of Monument, spotters reported 5.8 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours, with a total of 15 inches on the ground. Around the Air Force Academy, spotters reported about 2 inches of new snow with about 9 inches total on the ground.



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While the roads may be slick, the total snow that fell over the city was relatively light for most parts of El Paso County Wednesday night, with the worst areas in the northeast.

Thursday morning, weather spotters for the National Weather Service reported an inch or less in the southeast parts of El Paso County.

To the north, the snow kept getting deeper. East of Monument, spotters reported 5.8 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours, with a total of 15 inches on the ground. Around the Air Force Academy, spotters reported about 2 inches of new snow with about 9 inches total on the ground.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:20:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado lawmakers consider stricter snow-tire requirements]]> By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-consider-stricter-snow-tire-requirements/article/1546877?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-consider-stricter-snow-tire-requirements/article/1546877?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers are considering requiring snow tires or chains on noncommercial vehicles at all times during winter and spring months.

The bill goes to the core of what's a maddening experience for skiers and other travelers to the mountain resorts who get stuck in traffic for hours because of accidents on Interstate 70.

Democratic Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, the proposal's sponsor, says road delays and closures are costly to the tourism industry.

The proposal expected to be debated by the full House Thursday means drivers would need to have tires equipped for snow regardless of weather conditions from Nov. 1 to May 15 or face fines if they cause an accident.



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DENVER — Colorado lawmakers are considering requiring snow tires or chains on noncommercial vehicles at all times during winter and spring months.

The bill goes to the core of what's a maddening experience for skiers and other travelers to the mountain resorts who get stuck in traffic for hours because of accidents on Interstate 70.

Democratic Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, the proposal's sponsor, says road delays and closures are costly to the tourism industry.

The proposal expected to be debated by the full House Thursday means drivers would need to have tires equipped for snow regardless of weather conditions from Nov. 1 to May 15 or face fines if they cause an accident.

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:36:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Continued snow made roads tough to clear ahead of looming storm]]> BY STEPHEN HOBBS and KASSONDRA CLOOS The Gazette - http://gazette.com/continued-snow-made-roads-tough-to-clear-ahead-of-looming-storm/article/1546846?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/continued-snow-made-roads-tough-to-clear-ahead-of-looming-storm/article/1546846?custom_click=rss

An unrelenting storm that dumped more than half a foot of snow on much of El Paso County over the weekend caused trouble for road crews through Tuesday night as cleanup work continued ahead of another looming storm.

Even with a day of melting, Colorado Springs and county road crews have more cleanup ahead with a second storm on the horizon.

Downtown streets that were snowpacked throughout the weekend were wet, snowy and slushy into Tuesday evening.

Officials say the snow wins sometimes. They're not planning to make changes before two bursts of snow bringing a total of 2 to 7 inches hits the Pikes Peak region some time Wednesday.

Road crews used the sunny skies and warmer weather Tuesday to play catch-up from the



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An unrelenting storm that dumped more than half a foot of snow on much of El Paso County over the weekend caused trouble for road crews through Tuesday night as cleanup work continued ahead of another looming storm.

Even with a day of melting, Colorado Springs and county road crews have more cleanup ahead with a second storm on the horizon.

Downtown streets that were snowpacked throughout the weekend were wet, snowy and slushy into Tuesday evening.

Officials say the snow wins sometimes. They're not planning to make changes before two bursts of snow bringing a total of 2 to 7 inches hits the Pikes Peak region some time Wednesday.

Road crews used the sunny skies and warmer weather Tuesday to play catch-up from the

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:50:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Sunshine will help melt snow in Colorado Springs, but more snow is coming]]> BY TOM ROEDER and Kassondra Cloos The Gazette - http://gazette.com/sunshine-will-help-melt-snow-in-colorado-springs-but-more-snow-is-coming/article/1546739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sunshine-will-help-melt-snow-in-colorado-springs-but-more-snow-is-coming/article/1546739?custom_click=rss

Once again, Jack Frost is being a tease.

A brief respite of sunshine Tuesday only precludes yet another snow-laden cold front moving into the Pikes Peak region Wednesday, say forecasters.

This, after last week's springlike days followed by the weekend's powder dump.

Monument saw the most snow in the recent storm, with one report from Gazette news partner KKTV pegging the total at 10.5 inches. Colorado Springs saw 7 to 10 inches.

All that snow meant there was no pavement to be seen Monday on the city's most well-traveled routes, including Platte Avenue, Academy Boulevard, Fillmore Street, Union Boulevard and Circle Drive.

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Once again, Jack Frost is being a tease.

A brief respite of sunshine Tuesday only precludes yet another snow-laden cold front moving into the Pikes Peak region Wednesday, say forecasters.

This, after last week's springlike days followed by the weekend's powder dump.

Monument saw the most snow in the recent storm, with one report from Gazette news partner KKTV pegging the total at 10.5 inches. Colorado Springs saw 7 to 10 inches.

All that snow meant there was no pavement to be seen Monday on the city's most well-traveled routes, including Platte Avenue, Academy Boulevard, Fillmore Street, Union Boulevard and Circle Drive.

"They're worse than they were two days ago when the storm hit," Colorado Springs police

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:27:49 -0700