Increasing clouds and falling temperatures can be expected this afternoon, as a storm system approaches from the west. Rain and snow showers will develop along and west of I-25 by mid-afternoon, gradually spreading to the south and southeast this evening and overnight. The higher terrain west of I-25 will see accumulating snow, heavy, in some cases. Click on the "Weather" tab for specifics.
Colorado doesn't have adequate plans for mass evacuations during a disaster and preparations for most other contingencies get only a qualified endorsement.
That's according to a new analysis by the federal Homeland Security Department. The report rates how prepared states and major cities are in ten categories.
Colorado was rated "sufficient" in only three categories; "partly sufficient" in six; and "not sufficient" in one - evacuations.
Aurora, Colorado Springs and Denver were also evaluated. Aurora fared the worst of the three, getting a rating of "insufficient" in four categories and a rating of "sufficient" in two.
Denver did the best with two ratings of sufficient and eight of partly sufficient.
Colorado Springs was sufficient in one category and partly sufficient in the other nine.