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Snow, big chill hit the Colorado Springs area

By Tom Roeder Updated: December 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Snow and freezing temperatures in the Pikes Peak region Wednesday had forecasters warning that weather was cold enough to kill car batteries. They warned people to stay indoors and keep  pets inside with them.

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Downtown Colorado Springs received about 3 inches of snow as of 6 p.m. and the airport reported a little more than an inch around the same time, National Weather Service Meteorologist Randy Gray said.

Monument and Woodland Park reported about 3 inches of snow, and Cascade reported about 5 inches.

Temperatures were hanging in the single digits for much of the region before sunrise Wednesday. At 6 a.m. temperatures were hovering around 6 degrees.

A shot of light snow coated roads, putting police on accident alert and prompting delays and closures. The Air Force Academy sent non-essential workers home at 1:30 p.m. today.

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Wind chill temperatures were running 10 degrees below zero in Colorado Springs Wednesday.

Military installations in the Colorado Springs area were on delay Wednesday morning and a few school districts planned to dismiss early.

The Pikes Peak region is expected to stay in the deep freeze through the weekend.

The cold prompted the Red Cross to open a warming shelter for the second night in a row in Black Forest at First Baptist Church, 10915 Black Forest Road.

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Earlier today ...

It's snowing in the Pikes Peak region and forecasters warn the weather is packing enough cold to kill car batteries and send children and pets scurrying indoors.

Downtown Colorado Springs received 2 inches of snow as of 12:30 p.m. and the airport reported one-tenth of an inch around the same time, National Weather Service Meteorologist Patrick Cioffi said.

Fountain reported one inch of snow as of 11:30 a.m. and Teller County, including Woodland Park, reported 4 inches of snow by 1 p..m., Cioffi said.

Temperatures were hanging in the single digits for much of the region before sunrise Wednesday and National Weather Service forecaster Larry Walrod says that could be the day's high.

"The big, big story is the very extreme cold with this system," Walrod said.

A shot of light snow coated roads, putting police on accident alert and prompting delays and closures. The Air Force Academy sent non-essential workers home at 1:30 p.m.

Wind chill temperatures were running 10 degrees below zero in Colorado Springs Wednesday.

Military installations in the Colorado Springs area are on delay Wednesday morning and a few school districts planned to dismiss early.

The Pikes Peak region is expected to stay in the deep freeze through the weekend.

The cold prompted the Red Cross to open a warming shelter in Black Forest at First Baptist Church, 10915 Black Forest Road.

The arctic air overhead is relatively dry, easing earlier concerns about serious snow with the cold.

Walrod said much of the Pikes Peak region could see a couple of inches of fluffy snow before the end of the day Wednesday - a considerable decrease from the 3-5 inches earlier predicted.

Bands of snow were visible on radar Wednesday morning over the Air Force Academy and Fountain.

The lighter snow totals are due to the storm breaking up as it headed east over the Rockies, the fate of many storms aimed at Colorado Springs.

"We do our best to get those accumulations right, but it's really a challenge," he said.

Mountain areas did get hit through the night and snow was tangling the morning commute in Denver and Boulder.

Snow and freezing temperatures in the Pikes Peak region Wednesday had forecasters warning that weather was cold enough to kill car batteries. They warned people to stay indoors and keep  pets inside with them.
Downtown Colorado Springs received about 3 inches of snow as of 6 p.m. and the airport reported a little more than an inch around the same time, National Weather Service Meteorologist Randy Gray said.
Monument and Woodland Park reported about 3 inches of snow, and Cascade reported about 5 inches.
Temperatures were hanging in the single digits for much of the region before sunrise Wednesday. At 6 a.m. temperatures were hovering around 6 degrees.
A shot of light snow coated roads, putting police on accident alert and prompting delays and closures. The Air Force Academy sent non-essential workers home at 1:30 p.m. today.
Wind chill temperatures were running 10 degrees below zero in Colorado Springs Wednesday.
Military installations in the Colorado Springs area were on delay Wednesday morning and a few school districts planned to dismiss early.
The Pikes Peak region is expected to stay in the deep freeze through the weekend.
The cold prompted the Red Cross to open a warming shelter for the second night in a row in Black Forest at First Baptist Church, 10915 Black Forest Road.

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