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Temps plunge, Colorado Springs-area schools close en masse

By Andrea Sinclair Updated: February 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm 0

No record lows for the Pikes Peak Region, but Thursday morning was cold enough for a wind chill advisory that forced most school districts in the area to cancel classes a second straight day.

Temperatures dove as low as minus 15 in Colorado Springs overnight, but did not reach the 1982 record of 19 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service.

The wind chill advisory was lifted at 10 a.m.

The latest delays and closures in the Colorado Springs-area

"We're looking at wind chills of minus 18 to 24 degrees below," said metereologist Makoto Moore said. "Luckily, the winds have been very light. At these temperatures, any wind over 5 mph can cause problems."

Colorado Springs' largest school district, D-11, had scheduled a two-hour delay but shortly after 7 a.m. called off classes for the day.

Lewis-Palmer School District 38, Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 and Manitou Springs School District 14 also canceled classes between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., following Harrison School District 2, Widefield School District 3 and Falcon School District 49 along with several other districts in the Pikes Peak region that decided it was best to keep children at home.

All of the southeast plains, the Interstate 25 corridor, Fremont County and the Wet Mountain Valley were included in the weather service's wind chill advisory.

"These wind chills can result in frostbite and can lead to hypothermia within 30 minutes if precautions are not taken," the forecast read.

A warming trend is expected to begin Thursday, with a forecasted high up to 15 degrees, Moore said. Temperatures could then climb to the upper 30s Friday and Saturday, with mostly sunny conditions.

Colorado Springs will probably miss out on any snow through the weekend, but the Continental Divide could see up to eight inches accumulate overnight.

"It's going to feel like a heat wave after what we've been through," Moore said.

From Sunday into next week, the forecast calls for cloudy skies, lower temperatures and light chance of snow.

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