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The forecast for possible snow showers Thursday was on the money, with an inch or two falling throughout the Pikes Peak region helping to douse a small foothills fire.

Between 1 and 2 inches fell across the area in an hourlong period beginning about 9 a.m., said Steve Hodanish, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo. Snow left streets wet, but accumulated mostly in grassy areas and in the shade.

By 10 a.m., the wet spring snow had put out a 5-acre wildfire burning on Colorado Springs city property west of Cheyenne Mountain, said Colorado Springs Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Julie Stone.

The 5-acre fire, started by an abandoned campfire, began early Wednesday afternoon a few miles from the Seven Bridges trailhead.

Teller County received perhaps an additional inch of snow during the same morning storm.

"We just got a little accumulation on the grass and the highway was starting to get icy, but right now the ground just looks wet," said Celesta Rilling, a dispatcher with the Teller County Sheriff's Office.

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Two accidents were reported in Teller County, but no serious injuries were reported, she said.

Forecasts called for additional flurries later this afternoon, though little accumulation was expected.

A cold front sent the mercury dropping overnight, with a high of 48 predicted for today and a 40 percent chance of rain showers and cloudy skies in Colorado Springs. Snow showers are predicted after 10 p.m. tonight.

The day could be breezy with 10 to 20 mph winds, but the area is not under a red flag warning, which is in effect for much of southern Colorado.




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