<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - weather]]> http://gazette.com/rss/weather Sun, 01 May 2016 08:01:18 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Snow expectations revised for areas west of Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/snow-expectations-revised-for-areas-west-of-colorado-springs/article/1575073?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/snow-expectations-revised-for-areas-west-of-colorado-springs/article/1575073?custom_click=rss

Technically, it's springtime.

But the weather outside says otherwise.

A winter-like storm is forecast to pound the Pikes Peak region until Friday evening, likely dropping heavy snow and causing some travel issues because of slick, wet roads.

"The roads are going to be slushy for sure," KKTV chief meteorologist Brian Bledsoe said, referring to Friday morning's commute in the Colorado Springs area. Power outages and tree damage could also happen, he added.

Those factors prompted the National Weather Service in Pueblo to issue a winter storm warning in southern El Paso County - including Colorado Springs and Peterson Air Force Base - until Friday night. Areas west and north of Colorado Springs could be hit the



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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:05:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Snowfall totals around Colorado Springs and the state]]> http://gazette.com/snowfall-totals-around-colorado-springs-and-the-state/article/1575074?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/snowfall-totals-around-colorado-springs-and-the-state/article/1575074?custom_click=rss

Spotters for the National Weather Service are reporting the following snowfall totals: 

Monument: 2.3 inches

Briargate: 2.2 inches

Stetson Hills: 3 inches

Downtown Colorado Springs: 1.2 inches

Security/Widefield: 0.



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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:01:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Forecast: Expect a wet, slick commute tonight; winter storm warning issued]]> http://gazette.com/forecast-expect-a-wet-slick-commute-tonight-winter-storm-warning-issued/article/1574990?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forecast-expect-a-wet-slick-commute-tonight-winter-storm-warning-issued/article/1574990?custom_click=rss

Snow came earlier than predicted for parts of Colorado Springs Thursday, and it will keep coming.

The Pikes Peak region will see rounds of snow likely mixed with some rain until the evening. Snowfall will remain consistent overnight into Friday morning, said meteorologist Emily Roehler of Gazette news partner KKTV.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo issued a winter storm watch for Northern El Paso County from Thursday evening to Friday morning. The watch means there's a chance for "significant" snow that could impact commuting in the area, the weather service said.

Woodland Park and Cripple Creek could see between 1 to 2 feet of snow, while Monument and Black Forest might get 6 to 12 inches, Roehler said.



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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:57:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Hail, snow possible Wednesday in the Colorado Springs area]]> http://gazette.com/hail-snow-possible-wednesday-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1574913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hail-snow-possible-wednesday-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1574913?custom_click=rss

For Wednesday's forecast across the Pikes Peak region, expect sunshine in the morning before clouds move in the afternoons and produce a few showers.

"Lightning, small hail, wet snow, etc., will be possible with the stronger showers," KKTV chief meteorologist Brian Bledsoe said in a weather report.

In Colorado Springs, showers and thunderstorms could begin to roll in after 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo. Otherwise, expect partly sunny skies with a high near 57 degrees.

But forecasters say Wednesday's weather development isn't the one residents should be too concerned about this week.



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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:39:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Warm, dry and windy conditions can quickly change mild Colorado wildfire season]]> http://gazette.com/warm-dry-and-windy-conditions-can-quickly-change-mild-colorado-wildfire-season/article/1574792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/warm-dry-and-windy-conditions-can-quickly-change-mild-colorado-wildfire-season/article/1574792?custom_click=rss

Fire season is here.

Perhaps no one knows this better than the Colorado Springs Fire Department, which approaches every call these days as if a wildfire will break out.

On a low fire danger day, one engine and one brush truck with a handful of firefighters are dispatched to the scene.

But on days when the National Weather Service in Pueblo issues red flag warnings, expect four engines, three brush trucks and nearly 20 firefighters to be called out. From there, a battalion chief decides if more resources are necessary.

"We ramp up those rescues very quickly," said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Steve Oswald.



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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:18:11 -0600
<![CDATA[VIDEO: Snow slows I-25 commute between Colorado Springs, Denver]]> http://gazette.com/video-snow-slows-i-25-commute-between-colorado-springs-denver/article/1574867?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-snow-slows-i-25-commute-between-colorado-springs-denver/article/1574867?custom_click=rss

If you're traveling between Colorado Springs and Denver on Tuesday afternoon, be ready for a variety of conditions.

Snow, rain and hail has been reported on social media.



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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:34:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Chance of showers forecast in the Colorado Springs area]]> http://gazette.com/chance-of-showers-forecast-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1574852?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chance-of-showers-forecast-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1574852?custom_click=rss

At the start of this week, Colorado Springs was under high fire danger.

So, naturally, rain is next. It's part of Colorado's indecisive weather pattern.

The forecast across the Pikes Peak region calls for temperatures in the 50s with a few afternoon showers Tuesday and Wednesday, especially in the mountains.

Colorado Springs could see showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Tuesday.

"Likely nothing terribly heavy, though," KKTV meteorologist Brian Bledsoe wrote in a report.

He predicts a storm to roll through Colorado late Thursday into Friday, bringing the return of snow.

"This is especially true for the mountains," Bledsoe wrote. "The Pikes Peak region and Palmer Divide will also have some wet snow to

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It's been a while, but the warm weather is back.

And it's expected to stick around for a few days.

Starting Thursday, the Colorado Springs area will see afternoon high temperatures in the 60s and 70s with "plenty of sunshine," said KKTV meteorologist Jessica Lebel. For outdoor enthusiasts, this forecast calls for sunglasses and hiking boots.

The previous dry day in the Pikes Peak region was April 14, a day before a slow-moving storm pounded the region with snow, rain and windy conditions. But the system is "finally going to kick out of the area" Thursday, Lebel said.

Want more good news?

There's no word of any fire dangers Thursday.



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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 06:49:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Don't put away the umbrella just yet around Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/dont-put-away-the-umbrella-just-yet-around-colorado-springs/article/1574480?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dont-put-away-the-umbrella-just-yet-around-colorado-springs/article/1574480?custom_click=rss

It's finally going away.

A storm that's been pounding Colorado over the past few days will move out Wednesday, but not before it drops "a couple showers, maybe rumbling thunder" in the afternoon, said KKTV meteorologist Brian Bledsoe.

"Tomorrow is our last day dealing with the slow-moving thunderstorm," he said, before it moves toward the Midwestern states.

The storm issued one last significant snowfall Tuesday morning, when the Pikes Peak region received between 2 and 4 inches. Initially, it was thought to bring in only some light rain, but Kathy Torgerson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo, told The Gazette "it was a little more prolific than we thought.



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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:52:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Weekend storm road cleanup costs El Paso County $81,000]]> http://gazette.com/weekend-storm-road-cleanup-costs-el-paso-county-81000/article/1574451?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/weekend-storm-road-cleanup-costs-el-paso-county-81000/article/1574451?custom_click=rss

High winds and continued snowfall from the storm that pounded the Pikes Peak region over the weekend left travelers and others, even El Paso County plow crews, struggling to move about during intermittent whiteout conditions.

"If you're on the road and you can't see, neither can my drivers," said Jim Reid, the county's executive director of public services.

At Tuesday's El Paso County Commission meeting, Reid shared a report of his crews' ongoing work and experiences during the storm that dropped more than a foot of snow in some parts of the county over the weekend and another couple of inches Monday night. One highlight of Reid's report was a grateful email sent to his office Sunday morning from a Colorado Springs official



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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:14:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Snow returns to the Colorado Springs area; storm expected to move out later Tuesday]]> http://gazette.com/snow-returns-to-the-colorado-springs-area-storm-expected-to-move-out-later-tuesday/article/1574407?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/snow-returns-to-the-colorado-springs-area-storm-expected-to-move-out-later-tuesday/article/1574407?custom_click=rss

It's not over just yet.

What was expecting to be a light storm that would sweep through the Colorado Springs area leaving little more than a light dusting ended up digging in its heels and hovering over the county, according to forecaster Kathy Torgerson with the National Weather Service in Pueblo. It dropped between 2 and 4 inches across the Pikes Peak region already and may deposit a little more throughout the afternoon before moving off to Nebraska by evening, she said.

"It was a little more prolific than we thought," Torgerson said.

Emily Roehler, meteorologist with Gazette news partner KKTV, said inch counts across the city were about an inch more than their predicted high.



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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:18:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Weekend storm improves vital Colorado snowpack]]> http://gazette.com/weekend-storm-improves-vital-colorado-snowpack/article/1574363?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/weekend-storm-improves-vital-colorado-snowpack/article/1574363?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A weekend storm that dropped up to 4 feet of snow in the central Colorado mountains improved the snowpack in most of Colorado's major river basins.

Federal data released Monday shows the snows that feed the east-flowing Arkansas, North Platte and South Platte rivers ranged from 94 to 109 percent of average.

Southern Colorado's Rio Grande Basin was only 78 percent.

West of the Continental Divide, the Upper Colorado River Basin was at 103 percent while the Yampa and White river basins were at 98 percent.

The Gunnison and Animas-San Juan river basins in southwestern Colorado were still below average, at 75 to 85 percent.



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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:53:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Spring snowstorm lingers in Colorado; DIA to return to normal schedule]]> http://gazette.com/spring-snowstorm-lingers-in-colorado-dia-to-return-to-normal-schedule/article/1574314?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spring-snowstorm-lingers-in-colorado-dia-to-return-to-normal-schedule/article/1574314?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A snowstorm parked over central Colorado that brought heavy snow to parts of the state and Wyoming and rain to Oklahoma and Texas is dumping more snow in the Rocky Mountains.

Forecasters say the ongoing storm will linger Sunday as the center moves slowly toward the Colorado-Wyoming border.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is warning of possible danger from avalanches as new snow continues to pile up.

Related gallery: April storm in Colorado

The National Weather Service says 4 feet of snow has fallen between Denver and the Continental Divide, and a winter storm warning remains in effect for southeastern Wyoming, where up to 20 inches of snow was expected along the southern Laramie Range.



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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:52:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Denver International Airport back on track after snowstorm]]> http://gazette.com/denver-international-airport-back-on-track-after-snowstorm/article/1574346?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-international-airport-back-on-track-after-snowstorm/article/1574346?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The latest on Rocky Mountain weather (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

Denver International Airport has returned to its normal flight schedule Sunday, a day after about 850 flights were cancelled because of the spring snowstorm.

Heath Montgomery, an airport spokesman, tells the Denver Post: "We didn't have many delays because our flight schedule was thinned out."

Travelers should arrive at the airport early. Montgomery recommends checking flight status with the airline and arriving at least two hours before the scheduled flight time.

The Post reported that the Federal Aviation Administration says travel at the airport is normal, which means arrivals and departures are delayed by 15 minutes or



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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:16:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Hurricane forecast pioneer Bill Gray has died]]> http://gazette.com/hurricane-forecast-pioneer-bill-gray-has-died/article/1574347?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hurricane-forecast-pioneer-bill-gray-has-died/article/1574347?custom_click=rss FORT COLLINS — Bill Gray, a pioneer in hurricane forecasting, died Saturday in Fort Collins, according to his longtime assistant. He was 86.

Phil Klotzbach said Gray began researching hurricanes in 1984, long before national hurricane forecasters began publishing their forecasts.

"His research on hurricanes was remarkable. He was one of the first researchers to determine why hurricanes were global, looking at water-temperature patterns and wind shear," Klotzbach said.

In addition to his research, Gray also published seasonal hurricane forecasts, predicting the number and severity of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean.



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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:14:35 -0600