A strong cold front will move through Southern Colorado today. It will bring much colder temperatures (especially in the afternoon), strong wind, a few rain/snow showers, and blowing dust to Southern Colorado. Light snow accumulations and poor visibility will be possible for a time this afternoon and evening north of Colorado Springs and south/southwest of Pueblo. Blowing dust will be mostly likely on the Eastern Plains, where a Blowing Dust Advisory is in effect. Bottom-line, your Tuesday will feel (and look) a lot different than the past two days. Be prepared...
Homeowners and businesses in the Colorado Springs area will see their gas bills increase this fall.
Aquila and Colorado Springs Utilities are increasing rates after wholesale natural gas costs rose more than 30 percent nationally.
Aquila spokesman George Minter says company officials haven't determined how much more customers will have to pay.
The increase will be the third straight annual increase for Aquila.
Minter says prices are being driven in part by utilities' increasing use of gas-fired turbines to generate electricity and large industrial businesses switching from oil to gas. Natural gas is also used more during cold winters.
The Colorado Springs City Council, which regulates Colorado Springs Utilities, would have to approve the rate hike.