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...
The search for 3 men lost on Oregon's Mt. Hood is still on. Search crews, including some from Colorado, are struggling with blizzard conditions-- conditions Skee Hipskee with El Paso County Search And Rescue knows first hand.
"Even with the most experienced climbers, if the weather gets bad, mother nature always wins," said Hipskee.
He says the men in Oregon had taken a rapid ascent approach to their climb-- the object, get to the top and back as quickly as possible using very little gear.
"They hadn't planned on the weather... and things went wrong."
Which Hipskee says can happen to anyone, especially the ill-prepared. He saw it happen right here in Southern Colorado Tuesday night as a Flight For Life helicopter plucked a man off Pikes Peak.
"He had light-weight hiking boots, smooth soles, blue jeans, cotton shirts and no backpack... just totally unprepared for the elements."
Proper gear, training, and telling a friend where you're going are musts, but Hipskee says the most important thing to pack is common sense.
"If the weather isn't good, there's nothing wrong with bagging it for the day and trying it another day."
If you're planning a climb, El Paso County Search And Rescue has some tips that can help you be prepared. Just visit www.epcsar.org.