Welcome to springtime in the Rockies.
Although up to 9 inches of snow fell northwest of Peterson Air Force Base, National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Mozley said no records were broken Thursday, Most of Colorado Springs got about 4 to 4.5 inches of snow and further north in Black Forest and Monument, weather observers reported about 5 inches of snow on the ground.
Several schools have canceled classes and military base delays are in effect while driving conditions have been hampered in much of the Pikes Peak region Thursday due to wintery weather conditions.
Lewis-Palmer, Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, Cripple Creek-Victor and Peyton schools have called off classes. Other school districts in the Colorado Springs area on two-hour delays. Click here for a full list of closures and delays.
In Teller County, Woodland Park got 5 inches and Florissant got up to 5.5 inches of snow overnight.
“It’s just your average, run-of-the-mill spring storm,” Mozley said.
In Denver, the weather service reports 2.6 inches of new snow at Denver International Airport, according to the Denver Post. Boulder got 5.4 inches, Gold Hill saw 10 inches and Black Hawk tops the list with 13.2 inches.
Several small power outages were reported in the Fountain Valley, reported Fox 21.
A four-vehicle wreck on southbound Interstate 25 and the North Nevada Avenue blocked the left lane at the beginning of the morning commute and slowed motorists to a near stand-still on the highway. Further north in Monument, slide offs and crashes were reported all along Interstate 25.
Colorado Springs police, Fountain police, Pueblo police and Colorado State Patrol went on accident alert status since early Wednesday morning.
Drivers can exchange information and fill out an accident form if they are involved in a traffic crash with no fatality or injury requiring medical attention, no driver involved is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and no damage is done to public property.
The National Weather Service in Pueblo warned of “wintery driving conditions” during the Thursday morning commute across Southern Colorado, portions of which could see several inches of snow by Thursday afternoon.
“I don’t know if this is the most snow ever, but this is definitely the most snow we’ve had for this time in a couple of years,” said meteorologist Stan Rose.
Snow is expected to last until about 1 p.m. with a 10 percent chance of isolated showers before 9 p.m. and Colorado Springs could see up to one more inch, the weather service said.
Daytime high temperatures could reach into the mid 30s with an overnight low of 26.