Thanksgiving and the December holidays are weeks away, but winter made a frost-bitten stop in the Pikes Peak region again Thursday night.
Thursday evening temperatures were expected to plummet to 18 degrees, while a winter weather advisory was issued for Teller County and northern El Paso County through 9 a.m. Friday.
Colorado Springs was not in the advisory, but an 80 percent chance of Thursday night snow meant that residents could wake up on frigid and snowy Friday, with a possible 1 to 3 inches of snow on the ground, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.
Woodland Park, Monument, Black Forest and the Air Force Academy were expected to get 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight. Interstate 25 was slick and showing the signs of snowfall by Thursday evening, as the constant flurries in El Paso County started to stick.
Parts of Denver received about 5 inches of snow Wednesday night, and forecasters are called for an additional 4 inches Thursday night.
The southern and southwest parts of Colorado remained dry, but the central and northern mountains got snow Wednesday and were expecting more Thursday night. The worst of the highway road conditions were at Vail Pass and Copper Mountain, during the day Thursday, but by evening, icy conditions stretched from Trinidad to the Wyoming border on Interstate 25, and all along Interstate 70, the Colorado Department of Transportation reported. Chain laws were in effect at Loveland Pass and along portions of I-70 west of the Eisenhower Tunnel.
Skies over El Paso County are expected to clear Friday and be sunny over the weekend, but temperatures are forecast to hover below 50 degrees, with a high of Friday of only 34 degrees.