May 3, 2010 5:22 AM by Andy Koen
The calendar says Spring but it sure doesn't feel that way. Snow, sleet and rain fell through much of the day Sunday and a freeze warning is in effect until early Monday morning as the stubborn winter weather refuses go away early.
The heaviest snow landed in Northern El Paso County, but there was still enough to cover the greens at Valley High Golf Course in South Central Colorado Springs. Those flakes didn't stick around long enough to cancel the 9th Annual Howard Bush Memorial Golf Tournament.
In fact, all 88 players waited out the weather and finished the course despite the damp grass and cold temperatures.
"You try to keep a good tempo and you try to ignore the elements," said John Pappadakis.
Golf Pro Mike Northern says advancements in golf technology help make cold days on the course more bearable.
"We've got cart covers, we've got heaters and those are a must to play in these kinds of conditions," Northern said. "It's got to help probably two to four shots compared to the guys that don't have them."
However, the cold weather has slowed the number of customers coming to Spencer's Lawn and Garden.
"It has hurt business quite a bit primarily because nobody wants to get out in this stuff and do anything," said owner Dan Robinson.
He says the prime planting season is still a week or two away, but leaf vegetables like broccoli and califlour and roots like carrots, potatoes and radishes should hold up.
Tender plants like peppers and tomatoes need to be covered with either cloth or cardboard to keep them from freezing.
Robinson also suggests giving your plants them a good drink when the weather is cold.
"This sounds really odd, but when plants are full of water, they're less susceptible to frost damage than a dry plant."
The latest snowfall on record in Colorado Springs was a trace on June 10, 1975.