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Snow clings to the limbs of a tree at Red Rocks Open Space in October. Winter snows in the Pikes Peak region rarely provide enough moisture for newly planted trees, shrubs and grass. Supplemental watering of landscaping during the winter can ensure the health of plantings come warmer weather.

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Meteorologists are eyeing a larger snow storm to hit Colorado Springs Thursday night through Friday than previously expected.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo predicted a 20 percent chance of snow Thursday night increasing to 50 percent chance after 3 a.m. with less than a half an inch possible. Chances will bump up to 70 percent after 8 a.m. Friday, with 1 to 2 inches falling during the day and less than a half an inch settling on top Friday night.

A forecast issued Wednesday only called for less than half an inch of accumulation.

By Saturday, mostly sunny skies should return, the weather service said.

Before the storm, temperatures could reach as high as 55 degrees, but will drop overnight Thursday to a low of 28 and a low of 21 Friday.

The high temperature is forecast to be 41 degrees— two below average— Saturday.

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Liz Forster is a general assignment reporter with a focus on environment and public safety. She is a Colorado College graduate, avid hiker and skier, and sweet potato enthusiast. Liz joined The Gazette in June 2017.

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