Winter weather causes closures, forecast says it won't stick around long

By Andrea Sinclair Updated: November 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm • Published: November 25, 2013 | 12:00 am 0

The Pikes Peak region will wake up to a chilly Monday after a wintry weather system that dropped several inches of snow Sunday.

Temperatures were forecast to drop into the 20s overnight, but most cities along the Front Range have remained in the 30s. And it's not the thermometer reader that's slowing down the start of the week for some.

Sunday's system dropped nearly 3 inches in parts of El Paso County, prompting some two-hour delay notices at schools for Monday morning, including for Banning Lewis Ranch Academy, Colorado Springs Christian Schools and Falcon District 49.

WEATHER CLOSINGS AND DELAYS: Continually updated here

"We did have a pretty strong band of snow drop down from the north across El Paso County that brought a quick 2 to 3 inches to parts of southern Colorado Springs, Fountain and Security," Moore said.

Monday's forecast calls for mostly cloudy conditions and intermittent light rain and snow throughout the day.

"We have some lingering isolated showers possible through the morning, but that should move and taper off by the afternoon," said National Weather Service meteorologist Makoto Moore. "The rest of the week will warm up, and it should be fairly decent for Thanksgiving Day."

Roads covered with ice and slush prompted Colorado Springs police to go into alert-only status at 5:30 p.m. Sunday as wrecks piled up throughout the city.

Vehicles slid off the road near Powers Boulevard and Platte Avenue, and a rollover on Colorado 115 near Turkey Creek Road kept police and emergency responders busy.

Fountain Fire reported a wreck blocking Highway 85 at Fontaine Boulevard, and Mesa Road from Fountain Mesa Road to Highway 85 was closed due to snow.

Thursday's forecast calls for a high near 50 degrees with mostly clear and sunny skies.

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