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The weather, currently.
Showers are possible in the metro area today as a system pushes into South Oregon. Rain amounts shouldn’t be too excessive, ranging from a quarter to a half of an inch. The system after that— far wetter and entrenched with tropical moisture, will likely bring heavier rain down the line, mostly on Wednesday and Thursday. Rainfall with this system could be quite heavy, and area rivers are already running a little high as a result of recent heavy rain and snowmelt so flooding may be a concern.
— Kavin Iyengar
What you need to know, currently.
Eric Holthaus
Superior, Colorado tonight. An out-of-control firestorm with 100mph winds at the end of December.

We are in a climate emergency. https://t.co/LkCxhNPX0d
A devastating climate change fuel wildfire destroyed almost 1000 homes in Boulder County, Colorado on Thursday, Dec. 30. The fire swept through suburban neighborhoods in the county spurred along by winds as high as 100 mph. 
Currently spoke with Megan Montero, Currently’s Denver meteorologist, about the event and recovery.
According to Montero, climate change set the scene for the blaze. The record warmth and extreme drought made the unprecedented fire possible, far outside of what is considered the “normal” fire season— May through September. Usually, by the end of December, Boulder has seen almost 30 inches of precipitation, this year they saw less than two inches. 
“For a big fire like that to happen, that late into December is absolutely unheard of,” said Montero. “I’ve never seen fire season like this.”
She said in this new climate reality, people should prepare as if fire season is 24/7. That means having a plan and go bag ready at all times. 
Just days after residents evacuated, Colorado had a large snow event and more snow is forecasted for this upcoming week. Montero said the snow is “almost an insult to injury” considering how much precipitation was needed prior to the fire. It also may make the recovery process more challenging, as evacuees grapple with freezing temperatures.  
On Tuesday at 7 pm ET, Currently is hosting a Twitter Space with Montero to share resources for those recovering from the fire and recap the event prior to Wednesday’s snow event. — Abbie Veitch
Sammy Roth
Extremely lucid rundown of how climate change created the conditions for the awful fire that swept through Colorado's Boulder County last week, destroying nearly 1,000 homes and other structures: https://t.co/K5x90UO27z
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Join us tomorrow evening to talk with @TheWeatherMegan about #marshallfire recovery, ahead of Wednesdays snow event in Colorado https://t.co/1WaOzVgg7o
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