A storm system will begin to impact Southern Colorado by late this morning. Mountain locations will simply see snow, but lower elevations will see rain eventually change to snow by later this afternoon. Locations higher in elevation will see the heaviest snow, due to colder temperatures. So then, Teller County, far northwest El Paso County, and the Wet & Sangre de Cristo Mountains will likely see several inches of wet snow. The major cities will see far less snow and the storm will exit toward early Saturday morning.
Recent moisture has improved range land in southern Colorado, and given ranchers new hope. But agricultural officials are recommending that ranchers go easy on grazing so the land can recover. They say it could take at least a decade for that to happen if people overgraze this summer.
Many Colorado ranchers sold all or most of their cattle or shipped their animals out of state last year because the drought withered pasture land and there wasn't enough water for much of a hay crop. Ranchers in southwestern Colorado are still struggling because the area didn't get as much snow and rain as the rest of the state did this spring.
But, other areas expect a good hay crop this year and the grass is greener in pastures. Agriculture officials still say it could take three more years before things return to normal.