Cold weather for a few more days

By Matt Steiner Updated: December 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm • Published: December 6, 2013 | 11:45 am 0
photo - David Havlick cross country skis around Boulder Park Friday, December 6, 2013. Temperatures are expected to remain in the teens through the weekend. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
David Havlick cross country skis around Boulder Park Friday, December 6, 2013. Temperatures are expected to remain in the teens through the weekend. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

The recent icy blast of frigid weather is expected to continue in the Pikes Peak region through Monday.

Eric Petersen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo, said Colorado Springs residents and people throughout El Paso and Teller counties can expect overnight lows to remain below zero degrees and minus-5.

"We'll finally start seeing the cold really relax Tuesday afternoon," Petersen said, noting that by Wednesday and Thursday highs will likely push back into the 40s in Colorado Springs.

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Early Friday morning, forecasters were predicting even colder weather for the area over the weekend. Initial reports had lows overnight Friday into Saturday predicted between minus-10 and minus-15. The record low for Dec. 7 in Colorado Springs is minus-15 set in 2005.

But according to Petersen, another weather system is moving into the Pikes Peak region. It will likely bring more cloud cover and keep temperatures a bit warmer, he said Friday morning.

"Right now, I think minus-15 is a little out of reach," Petersen said.

Colorado Springs temperatures dropped to minus-12 around 5 a.m. on Friday, leaving roads icy for the morning commute. Police scanner traffic reported backups from the Cimarron Street exit to north of the city in both directions along Interstate 25.

Trooper Josh Lewis of the Colorado State Patrol said there were no reports of serious accidents, but his agency received multiple calls of slide-offs and other incidents that needed assistance.

Colorado Springs could get more snow beginning Saturday and tapering off by Sunday night, but the chance for precipitation is less than 50 percent according to the weather service. Highs are expected to be in the teens Saturday through Monday before pushing into the low 30s on Tuesday.

Forecasters are calling for temperatures to remain in the single digits on Friday with little chance of snow.

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