2 inches of snow already in some parts of Colorado Springs; storms could continue into May

By: Lisa walton, lisa.walton@gazette.com
April 16, 2014 Updated: April 16, 2014 at 9:34 pm
photo - Fox Run Park on Wednesday afternoon. Reader-submitted photo by Beth Alessio.
Fox Run Park on Wednesday afternoon. Reader-submitted photo by Beth Alessio. 

As Wednesday's spring storm demonstrated, winter weather has not quite left the picture, despite warm springs days that have made a frequent appearance this month.

Intermittent snow storms could continue to show up until just a couple weeks before swimming pools around the city begin opening on Memorial Day.

"There's definitely the potential of accumulation of snow clear up to the middle of May," said National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Mozley. In the springtime, it's always possible, he said.

Colorado Springs has seen snow even later than May. On June 10, 1975, the city received 1.1 inches of snow, Mozley said.

The city, which this month has seen 7.5 inches of snow - several inches more than the average of 2.9 inches.

By 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, parts of the city had received up to 2 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

A hazardous weather outlook went into effect Wednesday for portions of central, east central, south central and southeast Colorado, including El Paso county, Colorado Springs and Monument. A winter weather advisory was also in effect for Teller County, Rampart Range and on for the higher elevations on Pikes Peak.

In Woodland Park, a trained spotter measured 3 inches of snowfall Wednesday evening. By 8:30 p.m. Palmer Lake had received 3 inches of snowfall and Black Forest has received 2.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Accumulations of 3 to 6 inches were predicted across the central mountains. Colorado Springs residents will get a brief break from the wet weather for the rest of the week.

The city will see partly sunny skies and highs in the mid-50s Thursday, and on Friday, sunny skies and highs near 70 degrees will make the snow seem like a distant memory.

Another storm will move in Friday night, but will likely bring only rain in the lower elevations. Temperatures are expected to remain mild, and highs in the upper 60s and 70s are forecasted until at least next Wednesday. After that, another storm is predicted to move in, said Mozely.

"It's highly variable this time of year," he said.

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