Deborah Bathke / National Drought Mitigation Center

Colorado residents have been enjoying unusually warm weather so far this fall, but that means drought conditions throughout the state.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows most of Colorado in some state of dry or drought conditions. That's compared to about 20% last year at this time.

Mark Wankowski is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Pueblo. He says we're likely to have snow in the northern mountains this winter, but it will probably stay dry in...

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Southeast Colorado received some much needed precipitation after experiencing some pretty dry conditions.

National Weather Service

Winter weather returns to Colorado this weekend as much of the state braces for heavy snowfall. The El Paso County Office of Emergency Management is urging people stay home, especially in the northern and eastern parts of the county. Currently, Highway 24 from Colorado Springs to Limon is closed. Eastbound Woodman from Marksheffel to Highway 24 in Falcon is also closed, as is Highway 94 from Enoch Road to Punkin Center. ( UPDATE 3:40 PM : Hwy 94 from Enoch Rd. to Punkin Center has reopened.)...

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National Weather Service- Pueblo

The National Weather Service is hosting its annual weather spotter preparedness and training sessions.

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Mar 23, 2016

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Modified post: Northern El Paso County remains under a blizzard warning until 8 PM. Southern El Paso County is under a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 PM. Public safety groups are urging people to stay off the roads. The fast-moving storm closed routes along the Front Range, including Interstate 25 from North Academy to County Line Road in Denver. Check current route statuses here with the Colorado Department of Transportation .

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A recently released study suggests droughts in the southwest could last longer and have more severe impacts in the future. The study, performed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), compared 35 years of observational data to existing climate models.

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Mar 10, 2016

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Environment Colorado / Screen Grab

An environmental advocacy group has a new interactive extreme weather map that charts natural disasters across the nation and in Colorado.

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Colorado Springs officials are planning to apply for a grant to help property owners affected by landslides on the city's west side.

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

An avalanche killed a snowmobiler near Wolf Creek Pass earlier this week. With the recent snows, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center says there's increased avalanche danger.

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Feb 2, 2016

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National Weather Service - Pueblo

The Winter Storm Warning that blanketed much of Colorado over the past several days is lifting piece by piece as the snowstorm moves out of the state. It leaves behind record-breaking snowfall in some places, and communities with closed schools and government offices .

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Newscast for Monday, November 16, 2015, 6:04 PM: A federal agency is standing behind its assertion that Colorado officials signed off on a cleanup project that led to a 3 million-gallon toxic waste spill from an inactive gold mine. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's statement today was the latest twist in a dispute between state and federal agencies over what role Colorado officials had in the spill.
Nicole Nicoletta is Manitou Springs' newest mayor after the completion of the official election canvass. KRCC’s Rachel Gonchar has more .
The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management has issued a winter weather alert for the city. Officials are asking residents to remain indoors as much as possible. A blizzard warning is in place for northern El Paso County east to the Kansas State line. Trinidad, Pueblo, and Colorado Springs are under a winter weather advisory.

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Oct 14, 2015

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Fort Carson is conducting short-term helicopter training on public lands in Fremont County through mid-December. The Bureau of Land Management says the Mountain Post does not need a special permit, and that five landing zones in remote areas will be used. The high altitude conditions will help train pilots on approaches and landings in mountainous regions, and comes prior to the deployment of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade to...

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Sep 16, 2015

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Another red flag warning is in effect today from noon until 8 for much of southern Colorado due to low humidity, dry conditions and gusty winds. The warning includes El Paso, Pueblo, Otero, and eastern Huerfano Counties. Authorities yesterday responded to a number of small grass fires, including one on Fort Carson. Officials there told the Gazette yesterday that the 500-acre fire wasn't a threat.
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Sep 15, 2015

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A red flag warning remains in effect for much of southern Colorado due to low humidity, dry conditions and gusty winds. The warning expires at 8, but the National Weather Service says a fire weather watch is in effect for tomorrow afternoon. The watch means critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Some communities, including Huerfano and Teller Counties, have initiated burn restrictions.
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Sep 14, 2015

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A bi-partisan committee of Colorado lawmakers is wrapping up statewide hearings this week on Colorado’s water plan. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for much of southern Colorado tomorrow, starting at 11 and ending at 8.. Low humidity and gusty winds are in store for the region. The National Weather Service has also issued a fire weather watch for Wednesday.

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Newscast for Monday, August 8, 2015, 5:32 PM: Emergency responders across the Pikes Peak region conducted a number of rescues as a fast-moving storm brought flash flooding to Manitou Springs and other parts of El Paso County Monday afternoon. Among the operations, the Cimarron Hills Fire Department responded to a stranded driver near Powers and Constitution. Manitou Springs initiated street closures and evacuated its City Hall, and the Alpine Autism Center west of Mountain Shadows Park near...

High winds have caused the closure of some recreational areas on National Forest land in Douglas County. The Devils Head Fire Tower, campground, trailhead, and picnic area were closed after a blowdown occurred in the South Platte Ranger District of Pike National Forest. The historic fire Tower is the only original Front Range lookout tower still in use today. The damaged area covers around six acres of aspen, spruce, and Douglas-fir trees. Crews are assessing damages and working to remove...

Brian Fuchs, National Drought Mitigation Center; David Simeral, Western Regional Climate Center / U.S. Drought Monitor

Dry conditions across Colorado have largely disappeared, according to the latest U. S. Drought Monitor.

Only a small portion of the state remains listed under the "Abnormally Dry" classification, compared with more than a quarter last week. Those remaining dry locations are in the northwest and southwest portions of the state.

No portion of Colorado currently faces drought conditions. The U. S. Drought Monitor shows about 98% of the state clear of all classifications...

Record-breaking rains leading to high water levels have prompted Colorado Parks and Wildlife to restrict access in some recreational areas. Boat ramps, shoreline access points and parking areas are limited at Lake Pueblo State Park. The department isn’t sure when they’ll reopen. Near Lake George, the South Platte River is running usually high, resulting in the closure of Spinney Mountain State Park’s river access lot. The department is discouraging fishing along many areas of the river....