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Mix of rain, hail and snow hit El Paso County, snow possible on Sunday

May 8, 2014 Updated: May 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm
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photo - The view from Jack's Valley at the Air Force Academy. (Courtesy Jeremy Sinclair)
The view from Jack's Valley at the Air Force Academy. (Courtesy Jeremy Sinclair) 

Hail pummeled parts of north Colorado Springs and El Paso County Thursday afternoon and rain fell periodically throughout the Pikes Peak region into the evening.

Similar wet weather was reported along the Front Range and eastern plains, with three inches of snow reported in Elbert County, the National Weather Service reported.

No injuries or flooding was reported.

Small hail mixed with rain blanketed roads in northern Colorado Springs prompting the weather service to warn motorists to use caution as the afternoon's commute began to pick up.

"We've gotten reports of hail accumulating by Academy Boulevard and Voyager Parkway, also on I-25 and Woodmen Road, where the roads look white as if it was snowing," said meteorologist Randy Gray. "The contrast of colder air mixing with the storm flow we're getting from the north will likely cause a rain, hail and snow mix until through the evening."

The storm will be most active before midnight, with wind gusts up to 30 mph, isolated thunderstorms and scattered rain showers, Gray said.

Overnight temperatures for Colorado Springs were expected to dip below 30 degrees. Partly sunny weather is forecast for Friday with a high of 56 degree. Similar weather is expected Friday but Sunday - Mother's Day - could see a return of winter with a 70 percent chance of rain and snow and a high temperature forecast at a chilly 36 degrees.

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