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.
A new fire has erupted in Colorado and has covered at least 200-300 acres -- sending some residents scrambling to evacuate.
The Big Elk Fire is burning about 5 miles south of Estes Park. It apparently started right along Highway 36, near the community of Pinewood Springs.
Larimer County officials say residents near the Big Elk Meadow subdivision northwest of Lyons are being asked to evacuate. The order affects as many as 124 homes.
Aerial tankers and helicopters are trying to tackle the flames. This is the most effective method, since the fire is burning in very heavy timber and on steep terrain.
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