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Lewis-Palmer schools on 2-hour delay Wednesday; warmup in forecast

By: The Gazette
March 12, 2014 Updated: March 12, 2014 at 6:01 am
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The Colorado Springs area got a taste of winter Tuesday and apparently its effects are being felt Wednesday morning.

Lewis-Palmer District 38 schools are on a two-hour delay and there is no morning kindergarten or preschool.

Monument Academy Charter School is also on a two-hour delay with no morning preschool.

Click here for a complete list of delays.

Click here for live traffic updates.

Snow began falling along the Front Range after noon Tuesday, as a cold front moved south across Colorado.

Snow and icy conditions were to blame for a slew of crashes near Monument Hill, which put traffic at a standstill for more than an hour. Emergency responders cleared at least three separate crashes between mile markers 161 and 163, according to the Colorado Springs Traffic management center. Around 3:30 p.m. two left lanes of the northbound I-25 were opened, according to the Colorado State Patrol, who warned of heavy delays between Baptist Road and Monument Hill.

"It was icy and there were semi-trucks that were stuck and couldn't get traction up the hill," said Steve Tobias with the Colorado Springs Traffic Management Center. "It was a parking lot due to the snow and multiple crashes."

An overnight low of 16 was forecast for Colorado Springs.

In typical Colorado fashion, a quick turnaround is expected with sunny skies and a high of 45 forecast Wednesday.

On Thursday, the weather service says we'll see more sunny skies and a high of 57.

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