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TODAY – Snow showers likely, between 11am and 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 38º. Windy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible.

TONIGHT – Snow showers likely, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13º. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 10 to 20 mph becoming east northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible. ​

TOMORROW – Snow showers are likely, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 33º. North northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK – A strong weather system will mainly hit the eastern San Juans today and tomorrow. Expect light to moderate snow accumulations across the central and southern mountains, and the southeast plains by tomorrow night. Little break on Friday morning, but more snow is forecasted for the Pikes Peak region for Friday afternoon and into early Saturday

Two inches of snow melt over the past 24 hours has receded the total snowpack to 47 inches. 

Reminder: With the high winds there is always a chance for power outages. If you see downed power lines, please assume they are live. Back away and call 911.

COVID Vaccines and boosters are available at the Custer County Public Health Agency. Call 719-783-3369 for more information.

Once a week on Thursdays, and as-needed by special arrangement – HRRMC will pick you up at CCHC at noon, drive you to HRRMC’s main campus in Salida for any specialist appointments, tests or services and drive you back to CCHC by 5 p.m. This service is FREE of charge.


Currently there aren’t any fire restrictions in our area, but high fire danger will continue across the southeast plains into tomorrow. Even without fire restrictions, please be aware of weather conditions and always be careful with outdoor fire use.

Do you have the Everbridge App on your cell phone so that you can receive emergency messages? You can download it onto your smartphone or visit  Custer County’s website  to sign up for email alerts. It’s especially handy as we approach the wildfire season.


There aren’t any local construction or obstructions for today, but Highway 69 is snow packed and icy in spots. Take it easy as it is windy and can be difficult driving.

Try to gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. 


In the Sangre De Cristo District, the chances of avalanche today are moderate below treeline, and moderate both near treeline and above 9,500 feet. Remember, moderate avalanche danger does not mean safe.

Strong winds and heavy snowfall are creating dangerous avalanche conditions today for portions of the Central and Southern Mountains. The CAIC does not recommend traveling in avalanche terrain during this time frame.  

Today, March 1

3pm – Westcliffe Planning Commission at Westcliffe Town Hall, 1000 Main Street

Thursday, March 2

10am – SilverWest Airport Board Meeting, 360 CR 310 in Westcliffe

Sange De Cristo Electric Board of Director Elections: there are 3 seats open. Interested? You can email them at

April 6th is the deadline to submit an Intent-to-Run packet to the SDCEA.

Help Stop Fraud In Its Tracks

 DMV’s new effort  to help Coloradans find information on personal identity theft fraud and how to guard against it, as well as how to avoid getting swindled in a private-party vehicle purchase.

Registration opens at 8am today at the Pueblo Community College for the Senior Mini-College. Registration will continue until March 20th. Meet old friends and make new ones. Enjoy coffee and donuts in the morning before your class and during the morning break. Bring your own brown bag lunch or order from the lunch selections.

Congratulations and good luck to the Cotopaxi Pirates and the Custer County Bobcats boy’s basketball team as they head to regionals! 

Today, March 1

4pm – The Drama class performs Sleeping Beauty in the multi-purpose room

Thursday, March 2

4pm – Board of Education meeting in the multi-purpose room

Family Literacy Night is Thursday, March 2nd 5:00PM-7:00PM. There will be many fun stations, crafts, & prizes. Experience fun literacy activities shop the Book Fair.


Congratulations and good luck to the Cotopaxi Pirates and the Custer County Bobcats boy’s basketball team as they head to regionals! 

Today, March 1

6pm – District Accountability Meeting (DAC) in the cafeteria

 In this week’s Valley Views interview series, our host, Gary Taylor interviews Buck Wenzel, Mayor of Silver Cliff.

Valley Views* airs Tuesdays and Thursdays 7am and 6pm and Saturdays at 10am, and is always available to stream on our  website

More than 100 community members contribute their time and energy by helping out during our fundraisers, with events, and DJ’ing. It’s a great way to show your support for KLZR, and meet other people in our community who share your interests.


We’re interested in sharing photographs on the Valley News. Pics can range from wildlife to sunsets to weather! Please send photos related to the valley and surrounding areas. You can send them to


We have a number of our shows available to stream on demand. So, if you miss a show you can check this  page  on our website for current shows available to stream. Our musical podcasts cover a wide variety of genres. Each podcast is updated weekly with new content.

And don’t forget that we’ve got our Wet Mountain Morning Wake Up Call on our website for you to stream at anytime. So, if you happen to miss it in real time, you can always listen to it whenever! You can find it under the Valley News header.


Searching for local information on various organizations? Look no further than  KLZR’s Community Resource Page .

You’ll see the ValleyStrong Community Calendar as well as the Visit Wet Mountain Valley Events Calendar. Not to mention resources on preparing for winter storms and public health links to make finding vaccines near you easier.