April 2, 2014 Updated: April 3, 2014 at 6:48 am
Several school and military base delays are in effect and driving conditions dangerous in much of the Pikes Peak region Thursday morning due to wintery weather conditions.
Woodland Park and Cripple Creek-Victor schools have canceled classes. Lewis-Palmer, Manitou Springs, Peyton and Calhan are among the districts on two-hour delays.
Spring might have sprung but wintery weather conditions haven't left yet.
The National Weather Service in Pueblo warns of "wintery driving conditions" during the Thursday morning commute across Southern Colorado, portions of which could see several inches of snow by Thursday afternoon.
An eastward, 24-hour snow storm was forecasted to drop up to three inches of heavy, wet snow on the city by late Thursday morning, and another 1 to 2 inches of powder was forecasted to fall before 11 a.m.
The forecast high was 34 degrees and a low of 26.
On Wednesday evening, snow removal workers at Denver International Airport kept a watchful eye on the storm and were preparing to hit the runways fully equipped as soon as the first flakes began to fall. Up to 4 inches of snow was predicted to fall before Thursday morning in Denver and another inch was expected to fall before noon.
The moisture is needed in central, south, southeast and northeast portions of El Paso county, where they U.S. drought monitor reports moderate drought, and abnormally dry conditions.
In early March, Colorado Springs Utilities reported that current reservoir levels were at about 57 percent of capacity, or about 5 percent below average.
At the end of March, typically the snowiest month of the season, Colorado Springs had received about 5 inches less than the average snowfall totals, and year-to-date precipitation levels are about 25 percent below average, according to the weather service.
State snowpack levels, however, are above average, and the mountains continue to receive snow.
By Friday, mild temperatures and sunny skies were expected to return to the region, but not for long. Rain, snow and clouds will return over the weekend. Saturday will start nice, but unsettled conditions on Saturday evening will bring more wet, slightly cooler weather into the region.