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Blizzard conditions expected north of Colorado Springs

By: DANIEL CHACÓN
March 8, 2013
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photo - Satellite image of a storm moving into Colorado Friday night. Photo by NOAA GOES-8
Satellite image of a storm moving into Colorado Friday night. Photo by NOAA GOES-8 

Driving around Colorado Springs could prove challenging Saturday as another quick-hitting storm dumps 3 to 5 inches of snow on the ground.

And for anyone who dares venture north or east, weather will be a serious obstacle.

“Folks shouldn’t travel if they don’t have to,” Larry Walrod, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo, said Friday night.

“The big thing about this storm is that it’s going to produce a blizzard over the Palmer Divide,” he said.

The storm, which will move into Colorado Springs around 5 or 6 a.m., is expected to dump between 6 and 12 inches of snow in northern El Paso County.

The weather service is predicting 18 inches of snow at the summit of Pikes Peak.

On the plains, the storm could produce wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour and whiteout conditions.

“Potentially a real dangerous situation for anybody traveling through that,” Walrod said.

In Colorado Springs, the snow should taper off by early afternoon.

“But if you head north, it’ll still be going gangbusters up towards the Air Force Academy, Monument — all those areas along the Palmer Divide and all the way into Denver,” Walrod said.

By Friday evening, more than 200 Saturday flights had been canceled at Denver International Airport, where the forecast calls for up to a foot of snow by Saturday evening. Travelers were advised to expect delays.

The Colorado Springs Airport didn’t anticipate any hiccups.

“My recommendation is just to check the website (flyCoS.com) in the morning to see if there are any cancellations, but right now, everything is as scheduled,” said Colorado Springs airport spokeswoman Agnes Blachut.

“Airlines are being real proactive if they feel like there are going to be issues,” she said. “It doesn’t seem to them that Colorado Springs will be an issue. That’s good — good for us.”

Contact Daniel Chacón: 476-1623

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Driving around Colorado Springs could prove challenging Saturday as another quick-hitting storm dumps 3 to 5 inches of snow on the ground.
And for anyone who dares venture north or east, weather will be a serious obstacle.
“Folks shouldn’t travel if they don’t have to,” Larry Walrod, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo, said Friday night.
“The big thing about this storm is that it’s going to produce a blizzard over the Palmer Divide,” he said.
The storm, which will move into Colorado Springs around 5 or 6 a.m., is expected to dump between 6 and 12 inches of snow in northern El Paso County.
The weather service is predicting 18 inches of snow at the summit of Pikes Peak.
On the plains, the storm could produce wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour and whiteout conditions.
“Potentially a real dangerous situation for anybody traveling through that,” Walrod said.
In Colorado Springs, the snow should taper off by early afternoon.
“But if you head north, it’ll still be going gangbusters up towards the Air Force Academy, Monument — all those areas along the Palmer Divide and all the way into Denver,” Walrod said.
By Friday evening, more than 200 Saturday flights had been canceled at Denver International Airport, where the forecast calls for up to a foot of snow by Saturday evening. Travelers were advised to expect delays.
The Colorado Springs Airport didn’t anticipate any hiccups.
“My recommendation is just to check the website (flyCoS.com) in the morning to see if there are any cancellations, but right now, everything is as scheduled,” said Colorado Springs airport spokeswoman Agnes Blachut.
“Airlines are being real proactive if they feel like there are going to be issues,” she said. “It doesn’t seem to them that Colorado Springs will be an issue. That’s good — good for us.”

Contact Daniel Chacón: 476-1623
Twitter @danieljchacon
Facebook Daniel Chacon

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