<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - weather]]> http://gazette.com/rss/weather Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:08:04 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Springlike weather - in February - continues around Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/springlike-weather-in-february-continues-around-colorado-springs/article/1569786?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/springlike-weather-in-february-continues-around-colorado-springs/article/1569786?custom_click=rss

Expect another dose of T-shirt-wearing weather in Colorado Springs on Thursday.

Forecasters call for a high of 60 degrees with mostly sunny skies that will likely continue to melt the snow that was left behind by last week's snowstorms.

The warm weather isn't expected to change much during the remainder of the week, with temperatures in the low- to high-50s and no signs of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

Low temperatures could be in the high 20s and low 30s this week, the weather service said.

On Wednesday, Colorado Springs hit 64 degrees. The record high for Feb. 10 is 70 degrees, set in 1962, according to the weather service.

Also, Pueblo broke a 54-year-old record

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Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:29:47 -0700
<![CDATA[First weeks of 2016 cost Colorado Springs nearly 40 percent of snow removal budget]]> http://gazette.com/first-weeks-of-2016-cost-colorado-springs-nearly-40-percent-of-snow-removal-budget/article/1569687?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/first-weeks-of-2016-cost-colorado-springs-nearly-40-percent-of-snow-removal-budget/article/1569687?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs has used nearly 40 percent of its annual snow removal budget less than six weeks into the year, a city official said Tuesday.

The city has spent roughly $368,000 of its roughly $1 million budget for materials to melt and remove snow, such as sand and de-icer, said Corey Farkas, manager of the city's streets division, during a report to City Council.

The vast majority of that money was spent handling last week's snowstorm, which dropped 15 to 19 inches of snow across the city, Farkas said.

"We haven't had a storm like this in, I believe, 19 years," Farkas told City Council "And we don't budget our storm removal for storms like this.

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Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:17:53 -0700
<![CDATA[More than '99 percent' of Colorado Springs plowed after last week's storm, but challenge remains]]> http://gazette.com/more-than-99-percent-of-colorado-springs-plowed-after-last-weeks-storm-but-challenge-remains/article/1569596?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-than-99-percent-of-colorado-springs-plowed-after-last-weeks-storm-but-challenge-remains/article/1569596?custom_click=rss

It's been about a week since a three-day snowstorm hammered Colorado Springs, and many residents are puzzled about why their streets remain covered in snow.

"The challenge, and why residents are saying that they haven't seen any work done, is the deep snow pack on the roads," Corey Farkas, the city's streets division manager, said in a statement. "The plows can only take off the top layer of slushy, fluffy snow - leaving behind the harder, packed snow."

Through Monday, he said "over 99 percent of the city's residential streets" have been plowed at least once but added that a full team of 40 snow plows might have to make up to three more trips to clear those areas.

Residential communities make up 3,182 of about 5,688

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Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:09:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Thaw on the way as temps climb in the Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/thaw-on-the-way-as-temps-climb-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1569539?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thaw-on-the-way-as-temps-climb-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1569539?custom_click=rss Warm weather is here, and it may stick around for awhile.

The seven-day forecast shows sunny skies and highs in the 40s and 50s for the rest of the week. Temperatures could touch 60 degrees on Wednesday, according to Kathy Torgerson with the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

That means a warm Valentine's Day, too, said Emily Roehler, meteorologist with Gazette news partner KKTV.

"Right now it doesn't look like we'll have to worry about rain or snow on Valentine's Day," Roehler said.

With drier, warmer weather on the horizon, it shouldn't take long for snow to melt after a week of storms dumped 17 inches in parts of the city and another 3 inches before the weekend.

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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:26:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Weekend weather in Colorado Springs kicks off a stretch without snow]]> http://gazette.com/weekend-weather-in-colorado-springs-kicks-off-a-stretch-without-snow/article/1569340?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/weekend-weather-in-colorado-springs-kicks-off-a-stretch-without-snow/article/1569340?custom_click=rss

This weekend's weather forecast across the Pikes Peak region looks pretty super.

In other words, no snow - for a while.

Saturday's forecast in Colorado Springs calls for sunny skies with light winds and a high of 44 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

As the Broncos prepare to play in Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the weather service predicts temperatures should stay in the high 30s and low 40s. Southwest winds, hitting between 5 to 10 mph, could make the day a little chilly - though it's likely many Colorado Springs residents will stay indoors to watch the game.

The weekend is the start of a stretch without snow.

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:11:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police respond to many snow-related incidents, crashes]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-respond-to-many-snow-related-incidents-crashes/article/1569327?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-respond-to-many-snow-related-incidents-crashes/article/1569327?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs police officer Armando Carlos was sitting in his patrol car earlier this week when he spotted a sedan stuck in snow at an intersection in northern Colorado Springs.

Carlos stepped in to help. The driver gently stepped on the gas, while Carlos helped push the car forward.

"That kind of stuff happens all over the city," he said.

These days, officers seemingly can't go anywhere without assisting in a crash scene or helping a stranded driver get out of the snow-covered roads. A two-punch storm that started Sunday dumped more than a foot of snow across Colorado Springs. That snowfall stopped Tuesday, but its effects still linger.

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:36:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Up to 3 inches of snow forecasted to fall in Colorado Springs Thursday evening]]> http://gazette.com/up-to-3-inches-of-snow-forecasted-to-fall-in-colorado-springs-thursday-evening/article/1569262?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/up-to-3-inches-of-snow-forecasted-to-fall-in-colorado-springs-thursday-evening/article/1569262?custom_click=rss

As predicted, snow is falling in Colorado Springs on Thursday night.

But it's not likely to cover much ground.

A weak storm system is forecast to dump up to three inches in parts of the city before the snowfall stops about 7 a.m. Friday, said KKTV chief meteorologist Brian Bledsoe.

Temperatures are expected to fall to 11 degrees overnight with a wind-chill factor that will make the outdoors feel like between zero and 5 degrees.

Mike Nosko of the National Weather Service in Pueblo said the snowstorm will drift toward Kansas.

Colorado Springs streets are still recovering from a two-punch snowstorm this week that dumped up to 17 inches of snow.

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]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 07:18:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs residential areas waiting for road relief]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-residential-areas-waiting-for-road-relief/article/1569241?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-residential-areas-waiting-for-road-relief/article/1569241?custom_click=rss

Residential communities still buried under snow should see relief soon.

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:09:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Storm moves on, chill remains and more snow possible around Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/storm-moves-on-chill-remains-and-more-snow-possible-around-colorado-springs/article/1569181?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/storm-moves-on-chill-remains-and-more-snow-possible-around-colorado-springs/article/1569181?custom_click=rss

With temperatures expected to drop into single digits Wednesday evening, the already snow-covered Colorado Springs streets could become slick and potentially dangerous for drivers.

Expect low temperatures near 1 degree overnight Wednesday, said weather service meteorologist Mike Nosko. The wind-chill factor will make it feel between minus-5 and minus-15 degrees.

Forecasters say temperatures in Colorado Springs will continue to increase Thursday, up to a high of 34 degrees, though there's a 30-percent chance snow could fall in the evening. Nosko didn't expect any snowfall to make a real impact, adding "we still have snow on the ground from the other day, so you won't even notice that one.

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:42:33 -0700
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Great snow pictures from readers]]> http://gazette.com/photos-great-snow-pictures-from-readers/article/1569110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photos-great-snow-pictures-from-readers/article/1569110?custom_click=rss

Many of us can't remember seeing this much snow during one storm in the Pikes Peak region. Here's a look at numerous photos from Gazette readers and social media.

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:50:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Howitzer used to trigger avalanches, and prevent more slides]]> http://gazette.com/howitzer-used-to-trigger-avalanches-and-prevent-more-slides/article/1569188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/howitzer-used-to-trigger-avalanches-and-prevent-more-slides/article/1569188?custom_click=rss DENVER — Red Mountain Pass in southwestern Colorado is back open after getting over 2 feet of snow from the storm that started over the weekend.

The road between Ouray and Silverton closed Sunday night and re-opened Tuesday.

The Durango Herald (http://bit.ly/1SXZ9Nj ) reports that road crews fired a World War II howitzer to trigger avalanches along the roadway to prevent natural slides.

The snow has moved out of Colorado but many schools are still closed in the Colorado Springs area and on the Eastern Plains.

All highways on the Plains have reopened, including Interstate 70.

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:53:08 -0700
<![CDATA[For some Pikes Peak region professionals, a snow day was not an option]]> http://gazette.com/for-some-pikes-peak-region-professionals-a-snow-day-was-not-an-option/article/1569158?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-some-pikes-peak-region-professionals-a-snow-day-was-not-an-option/article/1569158?custom_click=rss

Heavy snowfall, blistering winds and icy roads closed many Colorado Springs-area businesses on back-to-back days. It shut down county and city governments, blocked off roadways and even kept the county's strongest - the military - at home. But it couldn't stop everyone.

No matter how bad the weather gets, there are some in the city who can never take a snow day. Doctors, nurses, police, fire personnel - and, ahem, journalists - are among them.

"Our patients depend on us to continue to provide them expert care, no matter the situation," Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Cary Vogrin said.

Memorial Hospital is among the most creative when it comes to keeping their facility staffed.

Despite at least 14.

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:52:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Latest storm's effects will linger on Colorado Springs-area roads]]> http://gazette.com/latest-storms-effects-will-linger-on-colorado-springs-area-roads/article/1569172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/latest-storms-effects-will-linger-on-colorado-springs-area-roads/article/1569172?custom_click=rss

Although it stopped snowing on Tuesday, the impact of the recent storm on Pikes Peak region roads will continue for some time.

Jack Ladley, the operations manager for the Colorado Springs' streets division, doesn't know when his snow plowing crew will completely clear all the city roads after one of the worst snowstorms in recent years.

"I wouldn't want to speculate when we would get it all done," he said, adding that the city features about 5,200 miles of snow-covered streets.

In other words, there's still a lot of work left to do after Colorado Springs received up to 17 inches of snow from a two-punch snowstorm that started Sunday.

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:42:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Snow days in 2016 have Colorado Springs school districts scrambling to make up time]]> http://gazette.com/snow-days-in-2016-have-colorado-springs-school-districts-scrambling-to-make-up-time/article/1569156?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/snow-days-in-2016-have-colorado-springs-school-districts-scrambling-to-make-up-time/article/1569156?custom_click=rss

The three largest public school districts in the Pikes Peak region - Colorado Springs School District 11, Academy School District 20 and Falcon School District 49, and other local schools announced Tuesday afternoon that they will close again Wednesday due to weather.

It's the sixth snow day for Falcon D-49 students so far this school year, with the region's snowiest months yet to come.

That might mean students in some districts will have to make up some time to meet state attendance regulations for the number of hours students need to be in school. The requirement varies by grade level.

"We're close, and we'll get reports down to the minute from each school when we reconvene," said D-49 spokesman Matt Meister.

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:58:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Highways reopen after epic storm, but many school districts cancel Wednesday classes]]> http://gazette.com/highways-reopen-after-epic-storm-but-many-school-districts-cancel-wednesday-classes/article/1569104?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/highways-reopen-after-epic-storm-but-many-school-districts-cancel-wednesday-classes/article/1569104?custom_click=rss

The latest snowfall totals in and around Colorado Springs, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo:

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:34:53 -0700