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Sunday snow storm could tie for biggest of season; Sky Sox postpone game

By: WAYNE HEILMAN wayneh@gazette.com
April 12, 2014 Updated: April 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm
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photo - A horse grazes in his Rockrimmon area pasture during snow that began falling Sunday afternoon April 13, 2014. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
A horse grazes in his Rockrimmon area pasture during snow that began falling Sunday afternoon April 13, 2014. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette 

The Colorado Springs area is under a winter weather advisory through early Monday.

Snow has been falling on and off most of Sunday afternoon in Colorado Springs.

Weather forced the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to postpone Sunday's game. The game is scheduled to be made up as part of a Monday doubleheader. The Friendship Assembly of God canceled its 6 p.m. service because of the weather.

The Denver Post is reporting that Interstate 70 was shutdown near Vail Pass.

For closings and delay, click here for continuous updates through the night.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for northern and western El Paso County and all of Teller County from noon to midnight on Sunday. The service on Saturday also issued a winter weather advisory for the rest of El Paso County also starting at noon Sunday and continuing into early Monday.

Just 1.2 inches of snow will give the Springs its snowiest winter since 2000-01, the service said.

"Winter is going to revisit us here," said Kathy Torgerson, a weather service meteorologist. "This will probably tie the storm of a few weeks ago, where some parts of the city got 6 inches, as the biggest of the season. What is going for this storm is that it will be colder than it was during the last storm. You will still see some initial melting on the ground, but not as much."

 

Torgerson said there will be a wide variety of accumulations in Colorado Springs ranging from 3 inches on the southeast side to 6 or 7 inches in Briargate and to the north as well as in areas close to the mountains. Teller County is forecast to receive 8-16 inches.

Weather forced the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to postpone Sunday's game. The game is scheduled to be made up as part of a Monday doubleheader.

The storm will bring a big change from Saturday, where unseasonably warm weather pushed the mercury to 71 degrees despite overcast skies much of the day. Temperatures were forecast to drop to near freezing overnight and barely rise above that with the high predicted between 35 and 41.

The storm is expected to leave the area overnight Sunday but temperatures expected to not top 40 on Monday before hitting the high 50s on Tuesday. Wednesday's forecast includes a small chance of precipitation returning in the form of rain during the day and possible snow Wednesday night.

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