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Tornadoes threaten, rain falls and snow graces Pikes Peak

By: Jesse Paul jesse.paul@gazette.com
August 3, 2013 Updated: August 4, 2013 at 7:16 am
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Several severe thunderstorms passed through the region Saturday afternoon, concluding a day of violent weather statewide and forcing road closures locally before causing a brief tornado-scare east of Colorado Springs.

A tornado warning was issued for northeast El Paso County for roughly 40 minutes around 7 p.m. as a tornadic storm cell - which produced one confirmed tornado outside of Limon - moved southward, according to the National Weather Service.

Many local intersections were shut down in southern Colorado Springs, including at Hancock Expressway and Circle Drive and at Airport Road and Academy Boulevard. Police subdivisions throughout Colorado Springs were sending officers to the south part of the city to assist with closures and flooded roadways.

"Anything south of Palmer Park and east of Union is inundated," said Lt. Cari Graves Saturday evening.

Areas east of Colorado Springs saw the most intense weather, including heavy rain and wind. However, no major damage was reported.

Severe weather in northern Colorado was to blame for several tornadoes which touched down in Larimer and Weld counties, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Those areas also saw heavy rain and intense hail.

Those strong storms did not cause any severe damage, according to The Denver Post, but did dent many cars and down several trees.

Friday, the National Weather Service in Pueblo issued a flash flood watch for El Paso and Teller Counties as heavy rains were thought to impact the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest burn scars. The Pikes Peak Region escaped much of the thrashes in what meteorologists called a near-miss.

"If it looks bad, we try to get the alert out as soon as possible," meteorologist Kathy Torgerson said Friday.

Wind forced the diversion of flights into Denver International Airport, one of which was sent to the Colorado Spring Airport, according to a news release. A photo posted on Facebook by The Cliff House at Pikes Peak showed snow at the mountain's summit and a rainbow over the city.

Rain is expected to continue in the region throughout the week as the summer monsoon season comes to an end.

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Contact Jesse Paul at 636-0253. Twitter: @JesseAPaul

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