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5 things you need to know - Thursday, February 24

Honor guard soldiers walk past a van carrying priests in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.
Posted at 7:11 AM, Feb 24, 2022

SOUTHERN COLORADO — Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Thursday, February 24.

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Russia launches invasion of Ukraine, NATO allies denounce Putin

President Biden is expected to announce more sanctions against Russia this afternoon following the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The President released a statement saying, "the United States and its allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way."

This morning we know that at least 40 Ukrainian soldiers and 10 civilians have been killed, and 50 Russian troops have also been killed.
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Current road conditions in Colorado Springs and Pueblo

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School Closures and Delays

Academy School District 20, Colorado Springs District 11, and Falcon District 49 will be starting two hours late 2 hours late today.

Lewis Palmer District 38 also has a two-hour delay this morning, and the Colorado Springs locations of CSU Pueblo will be on a 2 hour delay, but not their Pueblo locations.

Full list of closings and delays.
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Make sure to prepare your home for cold weather

With these cold temps, make sure your home is prepared. Colorado Springs Utilities suggests opening cabinets and allowing water to run a slow drip.

Pipe insulation around any exposed pipes is a good way to keep them from bursting.

This time of year Colorado Springs Utilities also reminds people to take steps to be more energy-efficient to lower utility costs.

This includes sealing drafts, lowering your thermostat, and using cold water for laundry.
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Snow stops falling today but arctic air will linger into tonight
Get your latest First Alert 5 Weather forecast

The last round of our prolonged snowstorm will fall early this morning, but dry skies are expected by the afternoon!

We'll stay cold all day today but afternoon sunshine will help get some of the pavement melted and wet before the sun goes down.

Arctic air will keep temperatures in the dangerous range today, especially in the morning and then again tonight when we fall back into the single digits.
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