After a mild Saturday, temperatures to finish the weekend will be MUCH colder! A system to our west pushes into SE Colorado overnight. Snow showers will be possible by early Sunday morning across the I-25 corridor with a change to rain and snow showers through the afternoon. Accumulation should be minimal as most moisture looks to be light and temperatures will warm into the upper 30s and 40s through the afternoon. The main impact will be the cold along with winds gusting up to 40 mph at times. Click on the 'Weather' tab for more...
A plague of beetles has killed 80% of pinon pine trees in parts of Southwest Colorado. Colorado State Forest Service assistant forester Kent Grant says the beetle infestation is a large scale natural disaster. He says it's probably the first time anyone has seen this happen on this magnitude since the area was settled by people of European ancestry.
Hundreds of thousands of trees over tens of thousands of acres are dead or dying in Southwest Colorado, northern New Mexico and northern Arizona.
The beetle epidemic is rooted in the drought. Drought stressed trees can't defend themselves, and beetles flourish in a warm, dry climate.
The dead trees also increase the threat of a catastrophic wildfire.