A quick return of winter weather blanketed El Paso County and the rest of the state with several inches of snow Thursday, prompting a two-hour delay for schools in Woodland Park, where up to 5.5 inches of snow fell, according to the National Weather Service.

The Air Force Academy is also on a two-hour delay for non-essential personnel. Classes at the academy begin at 9 a.m. and the visitors' center opens at 10 a.m.

Weather spotters in the Pikes Peak region reported that snow began falling about 9 p.m. Wednesday. In northern parts of Colorado Springs, up to three inches fell near Briargate Parkway, the weather service said. Further north, two inches settled over Black Forest and 3.5 inches accumulated east of Monument.

Thursday's forecast calls for mostly sunny and breezy conditions during the day with a high near 38 degrees, becoming partly cloudy into the evening with a predicted low of 20 degrees.

A warmup is expected to begin Friday, with a temperatures likely reaching into the high 40s or low 50s and sunny skies, the weather service said.