A FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for all of southern Colorado throughout our evening and overnight on Tuesday. Storms will continue to be an issue, capable of producing heavy rain with very slow movement. Storms look to mainly favor north and east of areas like Colorado Springs and the Waldo Canyon area, but storms cannot be ruled out still in this area. The 11 Breaking Weather team will be monitoring conditions closely. This Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through 6pm Wednesday, where another day of thunderstorms is possible. Head to the KKTV 11 Weather Tab for more information on the forecast for Wednesday and beyond.
A retail industry trade group says it remains hopeful that holiday sales will be up four percent this year, in keeping with earlier forecasts. That's despite reports from a number of chains indicating sales have been at the low end of expectations.
The National Retail Federation says even so, it would be the smallest gain in five years. Spokesman Scott Krugman says the coming days are crucial for retailers. He says about ten percent of holiday sales take place in the week after Christmas.
In Southern Colorado, shoppers were slow to get to the mall on Tuesday. At Chapel Hills, there were plenty of parking spaces early in the day. But that changed by mid-afternoon.
Men tend to be late shoppers. And being late has its cost. According to American Express, 75% of the people who start their Christmas shopping the week before Christmas are men. And 57% of customers on the night before Christmas are men.
Late shoppers will spend an average of $1,900 on Christmas gifts, while others will average about $1,600.
Shopping is one of several factors that can spoil people's holidays. Some experts say the best way to stay sane is to have reasonable
expectations -- and know that things may not go according to plan.