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Gazette Premium Content Storm blows through Colorado Springs area, slick roads remain

2 photos photo - City of Colorado Springs Park and Recreation employees Brad Lovelis, left, and Troy Boyd backpack blow the snow off a sidewalk at Acacia Park Saturday, January 4, 2014. One to three inches of snow are expected to fall throughout the day. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette + caption
City of Colorado Springs Park and Recreation employees Brad Lovelis, left, and Troy Boyd backpack blow the snow off a sidewalk at Acacia Park Saturday, January 4, 2014. One to three inches of snow are expected to fall throughout the day. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
By Erin Prater Updated: January 5, 2014 at 2:27 pm

The storm that was blamed for power outages and hazardous travel Saturday has moved out the Pikes Peak region, but motorists are waking up Sunday to slick roads in several parts of the state.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, most roads across the state - including Interstate 25, US Highway 24 and US Highway 50 - are icy and snow packed, to start Sunday.

Saturday's storm dumped as much as 6 inches in the region, according to reports.

The National Weather Service forecasts a slight chance of snow Sunday along with a high temperature between 20 and 25. Expect an overnight low between minus 4 and minus 7.

On Monday, the weather service forecasts a high of about 30.

Here's a recap of Saturday's storm:

UPDATE AT 8:57 P.M.

Highways in eastern Colorado re-opened and a few flurries remained falling in parts of Colorado Springs as the storm moved out of Pikes Peak region Saturday evening.

Stretches of U.S. 24 east of Colorado Springs and Interstate 70 east of Denver have been opened back up to traffic, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Also, power has been restored to all customers affected by two outages in north Colorado Springs. Both outages were caused by vehicles hitting electrical equipment, said Cheron Cole, a Colorado Springs Utilities spokeswoman.

A pump station was also affected, leaving some customers temporarily without water.

"It was real icy out there today," Cole said.

The Colorado Springs Airport recorded 3.5 inches of snow from today's storm - more than half the average monthly snowfall total for January, according to the National Weather Service.

 

UPDATE 5:37 P.M.

A stretch of Highway 24 east of Colorado Springs is closed due a weather-related auto accident, and eastbound Interstate 70 is closed east of Denver.

Closures and updates available here: http://www.cotrip.org/home.htm;jsessionid=569BE8372729D4F4F1216BDBEC4875EF.node1

 

UPDATE AT 4:26 P.M.

Colorado Springs Utilities says a power outage that affected nearly 700 customers along Vindicator Drive Saturday has been resolved and power is restored, according to KOAA News 5.

But, no word yet about whether the 2,000 customers who electricity in the Gleneagle and North Gate sections of northern Colorado Springs have had power restored yet. Those customers lost power after vehicles slid off roadways and hit electrical equipment.

 

UPDATE AT 4:14 P.M.

A power outage caused the closure of the Pikes Peak Library District's Rockrimmon location, said Travis Duncan, a library spokesman.

 

UPDATE AS OF 3:12 P.M.

Meteorologists forecast snowfall to begin tapering off throughout the afternoon after a blast of snow hit the Pikes Peak region early Saturday - slick, dangerous roads have been reported across the city, and the conditions caused several flight delays at Colorado Springs Airport, too.

A winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service remained in effect for El Paso and Teller counties as the storm dumped several inches across the region.

Eighteen flights were delayed at the Colorado Springs Airport and a United Airlines flight to Denver was cancelled, said John McGinley, the airport's assistant director operations and maintenance.

Airlines have had difficulties de-icing plans and getting to the runway for takeoff, McGinley said, and he predicted more delays and cancellations into the evening.

Snowfall totals were fairly consistent for much of the Pikes Peak region.

Five inches fell northeast of Monument, while 5.4 inches of snow fell at The Broadmoor, according to the National Weather Service. Four inches of snow fell a mile west of Woodland Park, while another weather spotter recorded three inches near the city.

The storm system was part of a massive blast of arctic air affecting much of the nation, said Steve Hodanish, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Pueblo.

"For us, relatively speaking, we're going to be seeing a glancing blow compared to what the rest of the nation is seeing," Hodanish said. "We're just on the far western edge of it."

Plows were assigned to primary routes across Colorado Springs, according to a statement by the Colorado Springs Streets Division.

Flurries were expected to taper off through the afternoon, and skies should clear into the evening - sending temperatures plummeting near zero.

Forecasters called for Colorado Springs to reach low temperature of 1 degree Saturday night and a high temperature Sunday of 18 degrees. Sunday night should be the coldest of the week, with a low temperature of -2.

The Pikes Peak region should slowly warm over the next couple days, reaching 48 degrees by Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

 

UPDATE AS OF 1:45 p.m.:

Northbound Interstate 25 from mile markers 133-135 has reopened after accident clean-up, the Colorado Department of Transportation tweeted.

 

UPDATE AS OF 1:40 p.m.:

At Denver International Airport, runways are clear, and planes are being deiced. Pena Boulevard has been treated for ice and is now wet with some slush on the shoulders. Flight delays are averaging one hour, and 60 flights have been canceled. Many of them are commuter flights. Wait times at ticket counters are near normal. Travelers can check flight status with their airline or at www.flydenver.com.

 

UPDATE as of 1:15 p.m.:

A person who became trapped after a semi rollover accident at Interstate 25 mile marker 135 has been extricated and is en route to a hospital with serious injuries, according to the Fountain Fire Department's Twitter account.

 

The rollover accident at Marksheffel and Barnes roads has been cleared. Individuals were treated on scene for minor injuries. No one was transported to the hospital, according to a city spokeswoman.

 

UPDATE as of 1 p.m.:

The Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a rollover accident at Marksheffel and Barnes roads. One person was reportedly trapped.

 

UPDATE as of 12:45 p.m.:

Northbound Interstate 25 is closed at South Academy (mile marker 132) due to a semi that rolled over near mile marker 135, according to a 12:30 p.m. tweet from the Colorado State Patrol. There are injuries. Troopers are asking drivers to be patient.

 

EARLIER STORY:

Colorado Springs and Fountain police, as well as the Colorado State Patrol, are on cold reporting Saturday morning due to icy, snow-packed roads.

Between 1 and 3 inches of snow fell overnight, and another 1 to 3 inches can be expected during the day, according to a National Weather Service spokesman.

As of 10 a.m., troopers were working nine accidents in El Paso County, according to a Colorado State Patrol dispatcher.

A Fountain Police Department dispatcher reported numerous accidents on I-25.

The Fountain Fire Department's Twitter account detailed multiple crashes, including a rollover with injuries.

Snow crews are working primary routes in affected areas, according to the Colorado Springs Streets Division.

 

Check back with gazette.com for updates.

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