Snow is expected to develop for our Monday afternoon and overnight hours. Bands of heavier snow are possible..and something we will be monitoring throughout the day today. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for far northern El Paso County where ~4" are possible by Tuesday morning. Also ahead, a High Wind Watch for much of southeast Colorado from 4-11am Tuesday morning as wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph. For more info on the forecast this holiday week, head over to the "Weather" tab.
The persistent drought in the western U.S. is forcing many ranchers to quit or move their cattle east to greener pastures.
Federal agricultural officials say the number of cattle in the nation has declined for the seventh consecutive year. That's due to a lack of forage and the weakened economy. The state-by-state inventory shows herds in western states declining while those in some eastern states are increasing.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the numbers partly reflect the industry's natural cycle. Officials expect the numbers to shift again in a few years. Cattle and calf numbers nationwide totaled 96.1 million head as of January first.
That's down one percent from the previous year.