CBS4 News Update, 3-20-21

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JUSTIN ADAMS: We're "Covering Colorado First" on CBS 4 News. Thanks for joining us. I'm Justin Adams.

The State's Department of Public Health and Environment is making a change to the COVID dial. For outdoor events, there will no longer be capacity restrictions. The State will also eliminate limits on personal gathering. Bars, gyms, and indoor events would still be capped at 50% capacity.

Offices and manufacturing facilities will bump up to 75%. Final guidelines are expected next week.

Latino city leaders are looking to get more underserved community members the COVID vaccine. The Latino community makes up 22% of Colorado's population, but only 8% are vaccinated. Denver City Council woman Amanda Sandoval, along with five other elected Latino officials, have put together a mass vaccination event this weekend. It's already full, and it means that 1,300 people will be able to get vaccinated at Regis University.

Sandoval talk with Andrea Flores and told her about some barriers for Latinos.

ANDREA SANDOVAL: The archdiocese came out and encouraged Catholics not to take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, so we've taken that into consideration. We're offering Moderna, and we'll continue to offer Moderna or Pfizer because of that barrier.

JUSTIN ADAMS: Sandoval also encourages people in underserved communities to contact local elected officials to get on a list, sign up for community clinics, and spread the word to friends and family. Here's now who's-- who-- Here's who is now eligible for the vaccine in our state. People 50 and older, postal workers, restaurant workers, and those in higher education are on the list. People 16, 16 and older with at least one high-risk health condition can also get the vaccine now.

Now that Phase IB-4 has begun, there's a rush for people 50 and up to make appointments to get the vaccine. The State's Health Department says it may take a while to create enough appointments for everyone who is now eligible. Some looking for appointments found that to be the case yesterday.

JOHN BUSSELMALER: I think that's sort of a big thing that I'm learning today is that eligibility does not equal availability. I didn't have high hopes to begin with. I thought if I got it by Memorial Day I'd be pretty excited about that. So if I beat that, then I'll consider that a win.

JUSTIN ADAMS: There are a variety of ways to find appointments using websites and phone lines from each provider. We have more information on all these stories and all the latest headlines on our free 24-hour streaming news service CBS in Denver. You'll find us on your favorite streaming device. Here's Chris with Colorado's First weather.

CHRIS SPEARS: Well, we have kind of a stormy pattern setting up here as we move into the first full week of spring. The season arrived today, 3:37 AM, and Sunday begins the first full week of spring. And because of this trough of low pressure parking itself over the Rocky Mountain West, it will be cool and unsettled. Here's the storm moving our way. There's rain in the valleys, snow in the mountains of the western US. And that's coming toward Colorado with a cold front. And you can see the cooler air.

A lot of 50s behind it. Ahead of it, we have 60s and 70s. As that front comes through, expect some wind behind the front. Those temperatures will fall sharply. Out on the eastern side of the US, well, not too bad. We have a lot of 50s and 60s showing up here. A little bit cool along the Gulf Coast. Parts of Florida only in the 60s to around 70 degrees for a high temperature. But it's pretty dry once you get east of the Rockies.

I want to show you what's going on in Colorado. Snow develops in the high country Saturday night and into Sunday morning. It will be widespread at times and maybe moderate to heavy in a few areas. East of I-25 and along the front range here from Denver to Fort Collins, we'll start the day off partly cloudy but rain develops by Sunday afternoon. As we get some colder air filtering in Sunday night, that rain is going to change over to a wet sloppy snow.

And this is Monday morning. You can see we have a pretty good chance for snow, not only here in Denver and on the eastern plains but in the high country as well.

I want to give you a few preliminary totals here. This is going to be a wet snow. It will be heavy. It will compact. Plus, we will have a little bit of melting initially. So we're thinking about a two- to four-inch snow along the urban corridor with some higher totals in the foothills. It may not stack up to this, though, because, again, of some initial melting on contact. In the higher elevations, some places could get six, seven, maybe up to nine inches of snow in some of the higher foothills of the front range and some of the mountain peaks of our front range corridor.

Here's the high temperature map for Saturday. 60s and 70s east and west, 50s in the high country. You'll notice a huge variety of temperatures between Castle Rock and Fort Collins. There's a deeper snow field up here in northern Colorado. And so your temperatures are held back a little bit because of that. But in downtown Denver, where a lot of the snow has melted, we could climb into the 70s. 50s in the front range foothills with a few 40s on the higher mountain passes.

Here's the five-day forecast. In Denver, you can see the big drop in temperature as the cold front comes through. Sunday starts an unsettled week ahead. We'll have off-and-on chances for rain and snow. Temperatures mostly in the 40s. That's your latest forecast. I'm meteorologist Chris Spears.

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