Wintry blast of cold and snow hits Pikes Peak region

Interstate 25 at Garden of the Gods Road around 8 a.m. Thursday. / Colorado Department of Transportation
Interstate 25 at Garden of the Gods Road around 8 a.m. Thursday. / Colorado Department of Transportation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Southern Colorado is in the grips of a winter storm bringing single-digit temperatures and several inches of snow.

Road conditions

As of 7:15 a.m., Mesa Road is closed between Highway 85/87 and Fountain Mesa Road in Fountain.

CDOT is reporting icy and snow-packed spots on highways across the Front Range.

Traction laws

A traction law is in effect on Highway 67 from Cripple Creek to Divide. All vehicles must use snow tires, tires with the mud/snow (M+S) designation, chains, or four-wheel drive.

Cold reporting

The Colorado Springs, Fountain, and Pueblo police departments are on cold reporting. If you are involved in a traffic accident that meets the following conditions, you should exchange your information with the other drivers and complete a cold report within 72 hours.

  • No fatalities or injuries
  • No driver or passenger is suspected of driving under the influence
  • All drivers are present with license, registration and insurance information
  • No damage to public property such as a street sign or utility pole has occurred

In Colorado Springs, go to a police department substation or coloradosprings.gov.

In Fountain, go to the Fountain Police Department, any state patrol office, or crash.state.co.us.

In Pueblo, go to the Pueblo Police station at 200 South Main Street.

Elsewhere, go to crash.state.co.us .

Closures and delays

Several schools, businesses, and churches are closed or are closing early Thursday.

>> Full list of closings and delays

Flight cancellations

About 145 flights have been cancelled at Denver International Airport, including several flights to and from Colorado Springs.

>> Check DIA flight status. 

>> Check Colorado Springs Airport flight status. 

Some airlines are waiving flight change fees for passengers who are scheduled to travel to, from, and through Colorado airports Thursday.

Terms and conditions vary by airline. Tap the name of each airline for details:

>> Frontier

>> Southwest

>> United

Weather alerts

El Paso, Pueblo, and Fremont counties are under a winter weather advisory until 11 a.m. Friday. Teller County is under a winter storm warning until 11 a.m. Friday.

>> Get the latest weather alerts. 

Forecast

Cold temps with wind chill numbers below zero Thursday. Highs will only be in the single digits and teens with breezy conditions.

Expect to see snow showers off and on throughout the day. Blowing snow will be an issue on the roads as well.

Most of the snow moves to the south later tonight.

Very cold once again Friday morning with icy roads from Thursday’s storm. Temps will warm a bit by the afternoon with highs back to the 20s.

Mostly sunny and warmer this weekend with highs above average by early next week.

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