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Climate:  Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region is, by far, one of the sunniest places in the country.  Annually, we have over 300 days of sunshine.  Even during deep winter, when temperatures are at their lowest, our skies are often clear and sunny.  This is why its important to dress appropriately.

Our summer mornings are typically mild, dry and very comfortable, but an occasional dip in temperatures can leave the mornings quite cool.  Because of our dry climate and higher altitude, our hottest of summer days (90s and low 100s) can be quite intense.  This is when you want to drink plenty of water and use sunscreen.  Once our sun sets behind beautiful Pikes Peak, the cooler temperatures return.

A common misconception about Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region is that our winters and heavy snowfall begin in October.  Actually, the fall months and many days in January and February are still sunny and relatively mild.  The biggest difference between these months and our summers is that the temperatures are just lower.  The months when snowfall accumulation is at its highest here are March, April and even May.  Fortunately, snowy conditions usually dissipate quickly because of Colorado's low humidity and intense sun.  The first sign of snow can be as early as September and the last sign of snow can be as late as July or August.

WINTER DRIVING TIPS:

Winter weather brings poor visibility and slippery roadways.  Here are some tips to reduce your chances of having an accident.

-- Remember the key to bad weather driving is to take it easy.
-- Pick up speed slowly.  Accelerating too quickly can cause loss of traction and spinning wheels or a skid on icy roads.
-- NEVER slam on the brakes.  This could cause the brakes to lock and result in your losing steering control. Instead, take it easy.  Just squeeze the brake pedal down until you feel the brakes are about to lock up; let off the brake and then squeeze again.

Smart winter travelers keep an eye on weather reports to avoid heading out into blizzard conditions, and many carry emergency kits with flashlights, ice scrapers, blankets, food, and water.  If you do end up getting stuck, it's almost always safest to stay with your vehicle and wait for help.

Normal annual precipitation (rainfall) ............16.24"
Average days of sunshine per year .................  300
Average humidity ...................... 63% a.m./40% p.m.
Average annual snowfall (Sep-Jun) ................... 42"

Colorado Springs Climate
Month High Temp (F) Low Temp (F) Snowfall (Inches)
January 41.4 16.1 5.1
February 44.6 19.3 5.1
March 50.0 24.6 9.1
April 59.8 33.0 6.5
May 68.7 42.1 Trace
June 79.0 51.1 N/A
July 84.4 57.1 N/A
August 81.3 55.2 N/A
September 73.6 47.1 Trace
October 63.5 36.3 Trace
November 50.7 24.9 5.6
December 42.2 17.4 5.3


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