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5 things you need to know - December 31, 2019

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Posted at 5:57 AM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 08:14:58-05

Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your New Year's Eve.

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New Year's Eve events in southern Colorado

Are you still figuring out how to ring in the new year? The News5 team has come up with a list of events happening tonight to celebrate New Year's Eve right here in southern Colorado. From celebrating at the Broadmoor or just watching the fireworks, we have a variety of events that you can pick from.
Parking rate hike, new water restrictions to go into effect in Colorado Springs

2020 is just one day away and with that means new rules for Colorado Springs. Two major ones are going into effect starting tomorrow: parking meter rate increases in downtown Colorado Springs and water restrictions. Learn more about each rule by clicking here.
Sunny and dry New Year's Eve forecast with clear skies for fireworks tonight

We're expecting dry and sunny skies across Colorado today, driven by a strong area of high pressure. Overnight temperatures will quickly drop into the 20s, but with the winds staying light. Clear skies are expected across most of the region, meaning we should have no trouble seeing fireworks from the summit of Pikes Peak!
McDivitt Law Firm offering free rides home on New Year's Eve

Here are some options to get you home safely if you plan to go out and drink tonight. For the 13th year in a row, McDivitt Law Firm is offering their free ride home program on New Year's Eve for people in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Fremont County. There are certain instructions depending on the rideshare app you use, so be sure to check how to redeem the free ride.
2019 State of Growth: Stories that shape our future

Southern Colorado saw an abundance of growth this last year and we saw it in the projects being done to accommodate for our growing population. News5 has followed these stories all year long with our State of Growth series. We're taking a look back at the projects completed and still underway in 2019.