Areas of snow will continue across S Colorado tonight, adding to already slick conditions on the roads. Through Friday morning we see snow wind down but the cold hangs on with temperatures only in the teens and wind chill values below or near zero for most of the day. For a look at additional snowfall potential and a preview of the weekend, head over to the "Weather" tab.
Another busy fire season could be in store for Colorado, but state officials say they're ready, even though safety concerns have grounded the entire firefighting fleet of 33 air tankers.
Governor's spokesman Dan Hopkins says the state's emergency response team anticipated the groundings in April and authorized more than one million dollars in emergency funds. That money will put three, single-engine air tankers on standby.
The state also moved 10 fire engines closer to vulnerable areas.
The Forest Service and Interior Department are ending their contracts with companies for use of former military aircraft that were powerful weapons against wildfires. The announcement came after the National Transportation Safety Board's report on three crashes between 1994 and 2002 that killed seven crew members. One of those tankers crashed near Estes Park in 2002, killing both people on board.
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