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Gazette Premium Content Pikes Peak goes straight into winter

Ryan Maye Handy Updated: September 13, 2011 at 12:00 am

Like they're fond of saying in Colorado, if you don't like the weather, just go to 14,000 feet.

While Colorado Springs got an early hint of fall Tuesday, the summit of Pikes Peak went straight to winter. Small blizzards dusted the top of the peak and a plow was needed to clear the highway to the summit of the mountain, Pikes Peak Highway rangers said.

A mid-morning blizzard covered the highway and left some tourists stranded, said ranger Brenda Wilson. The road was promptly plowed, so tourists could drive back down the mountain - just in time for another snow squall that hit around 12:30 p.m.

The flakes from the Tuesday morning blizzard melted quickly, but with temperatures dropping, Wilson expected snow would cling to the exposed rocky summit and highway overnight.

"It should be white tomorrow," Wilson said.

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