After enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures last weekend, the Pikes Peak Region is waking up to a cold snap and snow Thursday - and several school delays.
Weather officials on Wednesday were forecasting up to three inches of snow to El Paso County and icy conditions to major roadways.
The National Weather Service forecast's of at least one to two inches of snow over most of El Paso County and southern Colorado starting Wednesday night and into late Thursday morning came true. Snow started falling before many went to bed Wednesday night.
Schools in Falcon District 49 and Cheyenne Mountain District 12 were among the first to go on two-hour delays Thursday morning. Schools in the Academy 20, Colorado Springs 11 and Manitou Springs 14 districts also are on two-hour delays.
"The biggest concern we have is that since it's been very warm the past couple of days, once the snow falls it will likely melt, but the cold air will freeze roads over and that could create a treacherous commute Thursday morning," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Pamela Evenson.
"Snow will start falling around 9 p.m., with the heaviest precipitation expected between 11 p.m. and through Thursday morning, then it should taper off as the day progresses," Evenson said Wednesday. "A few inches of snow isn't too bad, but when there's a layer of ice underneath that, road conditions, especially along the I-25 corridor, could get dangerous."
Freezing winds will cause ice-overs, but at 10 mph, she explained, gusts shouldn't be a problem, even at higher elevations.
Snow will likely keep falling Thursday morning and up to another inch could accumulate in El Paso County mainly before noon, according to weather service forecasts. Skies will be mostly clear by the evening, with a low around 10 degrees.
Thursday's forecast high for Colorado Springs is 19.
Temperatures will warm back up toward the end of the week and into the weekend,
Evenson said, with a high near 48 for Friday. Saturday and Sunday will see highs in the mid to upper 50s, Evenson said.
Colorado Springs Airport flight information showed no cancellations or delays Wednesday.
Visit springsgov.com/FlightSchedule.aspx?Type=D for flight status information in Colorado Springs.
Denver International Airport has seen about a dozen cancellations of incoming flights from eastern states Wednesday, said spokesman Heath Montgomery.
"It's really not that bad, about a dozen flights, which is a very small percentage of the flight operations," Montgomery said. "We're expecting snow overnight, but with only a few inches in the forecast it's not a significant amount for us and we have more than enough snow-removal equipment ready."
For flight status information, visit flydenver.com.