A late-season snowstorm has moved into the Pikes Peak area and could drop 6 to 12 inches of snow overnight at low elevations, and 12 to 18 inches for the mountains and the Palmer Divide, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday, and forecasters warn that heavy, wet snow could damage trees and power lines. Nighttime temperatures could drop below freezing in El Paso County.
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According to CDOT:
- I-70 westbound at Mile 195 (Cooper Mountain | Vail Pass) due to an accident at Mile 189.
- US 6 (Loveland Pass) is closed due to adverse conditions.
- I-70 eastbound at Mile 176 (Vail Pass | Copper Mountain) due to adverse conditions.
5 p.m. The Pueblo National Weather Service reports wet roads and low visibility on I-25 near County Line in El Paso County. Weather Service forecasters say heavy bands of snow are expected in the Pikes Peak area throughout the evening.
— NWS Pueblo (@NWSPueblo) May 20, 2022
4:45 p.m. The Colorado Springs Police Department is on high alert for any accidents due to weather and road conditions. Learn more about cold reports here.
1:51 p.m.: To report fallen trees or power lines, visit: coloradosprings.gov/forestry/page/street-tree-maintenance-requests.
1:14 p.m.: Some flights at the Colorado Springs airport have been canceled and others delayed. Click or tap here to find out if yours is one of them.
12:12 p.m.: The Colorado Rockies’ game against the New York Mets, scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Friday, have been reported. It is now scheduled for Saturday at 1:10 p.m. as the first game of a split doubleheader.
10:18 a.m.: Pikes Peak Area Peace Officers Memorial has been cancelled due to bad weather. The event was originally scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Park.
According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, a private ceremony will be held to honor law enforcement personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Due to the weather, we will not be holding a public ceremony today. The honor guard will always hold a private ceremony to honor our fallen. https://t.co/S48zHXQqYx
— Colorado Springs Police Department (@CSPDPIO) May 20, 2022
10:12 a.m.: The opening of the North Pole-Santa Claus workshop has been delayed indefinitely due to forecasted snowfall. The opening was originally scheduled for Saturday.
The El Pomar Center has announced that the El Pomar Foundation Penrose Heritage Museum 80th Anniversary Open House has been postponed indefinitely. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday.
7:25 a.m.: With the forecast calling for sleet and cold temperatures early Friday and snow later in the day, the CHSAA announced day two of the state track meet will be postponed.
It’s not time to put away the winter coats yet.
Temperatures have cooled and a winter storm warning is in effect through 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Highs are expected to be near 50 in Colorado Springs on Friday, with 80% chance of rain and snow and 100% chance overnight. Temperatures will hit freezing tonight with lows expected in the low 30s.
Showers are expected after 2 p.m. Friday and rain should turn to snow Friday night, with flurries starting after 11 p.m. Projected snow accumulation is 3 to 7 inches.
Snow and rain are expected to continue Saturday with potential further snowfall amounts between 1 and 3 inches.
Travelers are warned of road conditions.
The National Weather Service Boulder tweeted, “Worst drive will be Friday afternoon through Saturday morning for the I-25 corridor. Please be prepared for snowy roads and don’t clutter the plow!”
Roads in Rocky Mountain National Park are closed as they predict further snowfall amounts of up to 31 inches.
Here is the forecast from the National Weather Service.
Today: Showers, mostly after 2:00 pm High near 50. Wind east around 15 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and a quarter inch are possible.
This evening: Rain showers before 9 p.m., then rain and snow showers between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., then snow showers after 11 p.m. Snow can sometimes be heavy. Low around 30. Wind north 10 to 15 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. Further snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Saturday: Snow before 2 p.m., then rain and snow likely. High near 41. Wind north 5 to 10 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 90%. Further snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Sunday: Slight chance of rain showers and flurries before 9 am then chance of rain showers. A few thunderstorms are also possible. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 52. Wind south southeast 10-15 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30%. Further rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible.
Monday: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Partly sunny with highs near 61. Wind south 5-15 mph becoming north in the morning. The chance of precipitation is 50%.