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Gazette Premium Content Heaviest snow missed El Paso County, but school schedules disrupted

By Andrea Sinclair Updated: May 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Video: Colorado Springs was under a winter weather advisory Sunday. Here's a short video of the snow.


Colorado Springs and El Paso County missed most of the brunt of a spring snow storm that dropped up to 10 inches in Woodland Park and slammed most of the western part of the state overnight, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

Sunday's snow storm left parts of Woodland Park with more than a foot on the ground. Roads were snowpacked and icy Monday morning as steady snow continued to fall shortly before 8 a.m. on Monday, forcing the Woodland Park School District to cancel classes.

Teller County weather observers reported up to 8 inches in Florissant by early Monday morning and according to the forecast, the entire region could see scattered snow showers until afternoon.

Several schools in the Pikes Peak region are on a two-hour delay Monday, including the Falcon 49, Lewis-Palmer 38 and Academy 20 districts.

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The heavy, wet snow was still falling in the Denver area Monday morning but isn't sticking much to streets. Driving conditions are more difficult in the mountains.

About two dozen flights have been cancelled at Denver International Airport and delays are expected as planes deice.

Most of the snowfall in El Paso County accumulated in the northern part of the county, with up to seven inches measured east of Monument, according to the weather service's storm report.

About 2.5 inches of snow piled up in Falcon, prompting the school district to go into a two-hour delay and canceling morning kindergarten or preschool.

In northeast Colorado Springs, a little more than two inches were measured, while the northern part of Black Forest got up to 4.5 inches overnight, the storm report stated.

It was further north and west that the storm really hit hard, with about 29 inches of snow reported from Four Corners, 16.5 inches in Nederland and 15.1 inches in Pinecliffe, according to the weather service office for Denver and Boulder.

Mostly cloudy conditions and an expected high of 39 degrees may persist through Monday, with winds gusting up to 40 mph, the forecast stated.

With possible overnight lows in the mid 20s and winds gusting up to 30 mph, meteorologist Steve Hodanish said vegetation was still in danger of freezing.

"Temperatures are going to be nearly 30 degrees colder than they usually are for this time of year, so vegetation will definitely be an issue," Hodanish said.

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