Updated: February 4, 2014 at 8:32 am
Winter isn't going to loosen its grip this week over the Pikes Peak region, with arctic temperatures and more snow forecast through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter weather advisory was issued for much of central Colorado, including El Paso, Teller and Fremont counties beginning at 8 p.m. Monday. It has been extended to 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to the weather service.
But that won't be the end of cold and snow.
"These cold temperatures and snowfall will not let up for the rest of the week." said meteorologist Larry Walrod.
Only a few school districts in the region had implemented delays because of the weather early Tuesday morning.
El Paso, Teller and Douglas counties went into accident alert status about 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Radars are tracking a storm system taking shape in southwest Arizona that is expected to travel east and bring snow and freezing conditions to most of central and southern Colorado.
El Paso and Teller counties and the Rampart Range may get up to five inches of snow overnight as the storm crosses into the plains and keeps developing, Walrod said. Higher elevations of the central and southwest mountains could get as much as eight inches of snow by Tuesday morning, according to the weather service.
"The heaviest snowfall will accumulate into Tuesday afternoon and night," Walrod said. "There will be a second storm coming in from the northwest at the time, so storm conditions will intensify."
Light snow showers and flurries could continue through Wednesday and Thursday, when a new winter storm in the forecast could bring a fresh coat of powder.
If the possibility of ice and snow on the area's roadways wasn't enough, Walrod said arctic winds could drop temperatures into brutal below-zero ranges.
Tuesday temperatures could plunge into the teens, with a forecast high of 13 degrees with wind chill values as low as minus 5.
Tuesday night's low could reach minus 2 and wind chill values as low as minus 10.
There is a slight chance of snow before 9 a.m. Wednesday and again after noon, with a high near 8 and a low of minus 5 after sunset, said the weather service.
"It's really going to feel like winter for the rest of the week," Walrod said. "Get ready for an unusually long winter event for the region and brutally low temperatures."