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Weekend snowstorms in store for Colorado Springs

March 6, 2014 Updated: March 7, 2014 at 8:35 am
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More than 20,000 Rocky Mountain sandhill cranes make a two-month winter stop in the San Luis Valley during their migration North to Idaho and Canada. Monte Vista plans to celebrate the annual arrival of the four-foot tall guests with the 31st Monte Vista Crane Festival this weekend, which features tours, talks and activities. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Colorado Springs saw a high around 65 degrees Thursday, but the warm weather will take a hiatus until Sunday.

A quick-hitting storm moving Friday is predicted to bring rain and snow to the Pikes Peak region through Saturday, with the heaviest part of the storm hitting the city Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday's storm could impact the continental divide with rain, then spread snow to the eastern mountains and plains through the afternoon and night, traveling to the southern part of the state Saturday.

According to the weather service, the storm has the potential to bring several inches of snow to the eastern mountains, with a few inches to the Interstate 25 corridor and plains south of the highway, along with up to two inches to the rest of the area.

Temperatures may stay above freezing, so the snow will likely be wet and heavy, accompanied by rain. If enough snow accumulates, it could weigh down on vegetation, structures and utility lines, the weather service said.

Precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible for El Paso County, according to the weather service.

Friday's conditions will fluctuate between rain and snow before 11 a.m., with rain likely between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., possibly turning to snow in the evening. Skies may be mostly cloudy with a high near 44 and breezy, with northeast winds of up to 20 mph. Weather service forecasts call for a 80 percent chance of precipitation with snow accumulation of up to an inch is possible

A 70 percent chance of snow is predicted for Friday night mainly before 11 p.m., with a low around 24 degrees. Cloudy conditions could linger into Saturday morning, with a 20 percent chance of snow before 11 a.m.

Sunny skies may start breaking through the cloud cover after noon Saturday, with a high near 43 degrees and calm winds, the weather service said.

Saturday night may be mostly clear with a low around 26. Sunday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 64 and calm winds up to 10 mph, according to the weather service.

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