A wintry blast left Pikes Peak region roads slippery Sunday morning and delivered frigid temperatures to most of the area.
It was 18 degrees at 6 a.m. in Colorado Springs, matching the day’s predicted high temperature from the National Weather Service. Most of the area got snow overnight, including just shy of an inch in western Colorado Springs and just under 2 inches reported by a spotter in Black Forest. A spotter outside Woodland Park reported more than 3 inches from the storm. South of Colorado Springs, totals topping 6 inches were reported in some spots.
The storm was winding down by 9 a.m. and the temperature was down to 16 degrees.
"Things are wrapping up as far as snow," said Stan Rose, a weather service forecaster. "What you see is what you'll get for El Paso County,"
Snow plow crews hit Colorado Springs streets at 2 a.m.
"It can take six hours or more to clear the primary routes in a large event," city spokeswoman Cindy Aubrey said in a news release Sunday morning. "If snow is continuously falling, the primary routes often have to be treated more than once, delaying when crews can start on secondary routes. We ask residents to be patient and to delay optional trips in the first few hours or more of a snow event."
Police said drivers were dealing fairly well with the first snow in more than a month, with no serious wrecks by 9 a.m. But officers cautioned that drivers will need to take it slow and leave plenty of following distance when they hit the road today.
"I wouldn't say people are driving very well," said Colorado Springs police Lt. Patricia Feese. "I saw a couple of accidents on the way in."
Colorado Springs police went on “accident alert” status early Sunday due to the weather. That means driver involved in non-injury crashes that don’t include factors like alcohol use or damage to public property don’t need to call police immediately. Drivers in those cases should exchange insurance information and complete an official accident report once the storm passes.
Weather Service forecasters predict snow will taper off in the region by noon, but the cold will stick around.
The low temperature in Colorado Springs Sunday night will hang in the single digits. Monday’s high is expected to be just above freezing.