WEATHER COLD SNOW Four of those injured have since been released from the hospital and the other two are at a specialized burn unit in a Denver hospital, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department. The fire started at about 3:45 a.m. at 1543 Chesham Circle. Lt. Robert Coffey, a fire department spokesman, said firefighters suspect the fire started in the garage because that part of the house had the heaviest damage. It later spread to the rest of the house.
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Mark Lehrkind walks through a stand of ice covered trees Tuesday morning, March 8, 2011, along Sand Creek near the intersection of Powers Boulevard and Palmer Park Boulevard. Lehrkind says he walks his dog there every day, twice a day, no matter what the weather. He said his dog, Keska, was off following rabbit trails when this photo was taken. Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Make sure to grab a hat and gloves on the way to school or work this morning, as temperatures in Colorado Springs are expected to stay below freezing Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo predicted a high of 30 and a low of 15 degrees Thursday with winds between 10 and 15 mph. The hourly forecast shows a high of 17 degrees at 8 a.m., 26 at 11 a.m., 30 at 2 p.m. and back down to 26 and 18 degrees at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Temperatures should gradually rise through the weekend, with a highs of 37, 43 and 45 degrees predicted for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Colorado Springs should stay relatively dry, with a flurry here or there.

The mountains are expected to see light snow through Friday. OpenSnow forecaster Joel Gratz expects 2 to 4 inches for most Colorado mountains, with a chance for 4 to 8 inches in the southern mountains.

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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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