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BLOG: Heavy snow impacts traffic in Colorado Springs and Pueblo

Posted: 3:08 AM, Dec 16, 2019
Updated: 2020-01-10 17:57:07-05
Snow Day at KOAA
Snow totals as of 5:30 a.m. Dec 16
Snow Pueblo Riverwalk.
Snow Accumulations from 12/15/2019 to 12/16/2019

A Winter Storm from Sunday through the overnight hours has brought heavy snow to southern Colorado and left most major roadways covered in snow with some ice underneath.

News5 and the First Alert 5 Weather Team will keep you updated on the impacts. We'll update this blog as necessary. In the meantime, enjoy the snow day if you get one and be safe on the roads if you must head out.

9:00 a.m. - It doesn't matter how heavy the vehicle, snow-packed roads can get anyone, including a bus in Pueblo that slid down a hill.

8:50 a.m. - The US Air Force Academy is now closed to all non-essential personnel and visitors. Winter graduation is mission-essential and will take place at 1300.

8:08 a.m. - The sun is starting to show through the clouds this morning, but don't be fooled, the roads are slick and will stay that way all day. In Pueblo officers are dealing with slideoffs on hills. There's also a report of a multi-car crash blocking the right lane of I-25 southbound (Exit 122) from Colorado Springs to Pueblo.

7:07 a.m. - Snow will continue to diminish through the early morning hours today, but slick and snow packed roads will remain long after the snow stops. Temperatures will stay at or below freezing for most of the day today, meaning that any roads that are not cleared and treated with stay snow and ice covered through the overnight hours. Latest First Alert 5 Weather forecast

6:42 a.m. - Fountain-Fort Carson District 8 is now CLOSED for the day.

6:31 a.m. - Widefield D3, Academy D20, Colorado Springs District 11 and Lewis-Palmer School District 38 are now CLOSED for the day.

6:30 a.m. - The Colorado Department of Transportation is not reporting any closures in the region between Colorado Springs, Denver, Pueblo, Walsenburg, Trinidad, or Cañon City. However roads are slick so be careful if you must travel.

6:15 a.m. - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has decided to open at 10:00 a.m. Final exams scheduled for 8 a.m. will now start at 10:20 a.m. If you had a final scheduled at 10:20 a.m. it is now set for 12:40 a.m. The rest of the scheduled finals follow a similar schedule. Be sure to check the college website for more information - https://www.uccs.edu/

The commute to the campus this morning is proving difficult this morning as Colorado Springs Police remain on westbound Austin Bluffs after Union Blvd for that really steep hill where people have trouble reaching the top in snowy conditions.

5:35 a.m. - Falcon District 49 has decided to CLOSE for the day.

5:30 a.m. - Snow totals so far..

5:10 a.m. - We're seeing impressive snow totals from the southern I-25 corridor with 27 inches of snowfall just 5 miles west-southwest of Walsenburg. The interstate between Trinidad and Walsenburg is very slick and slow going this morning.

5:00 a.m. - The US Air Force Academy has made an update to weather delay reporting. Now all non-essential personnel are to report no earlier than 10:00. Medical opens at 10:00. The Child Center opens at normal hours for mission essential personnel.

4:45 a.m. - Here's an FYI on how the snow plow routes work in Colorado Springs with about 6,000 miles of roads to address. Crews are not ignoring your area, rather there are primary and secondary roads to consider.

4:35 a.m. - Pueblo District 70 and Pueblo D60 have CLOSED for the day. In northern areas, Academy District 20, Falcon District 49, Colorado Springs District 11, Cheyenne Mountain District 12, Fountain Fort Carson D8, Harrison D2, Manitou D-14 are on a 2-hour delay. Some districts have backup plans so students don't fall behind, allowing them to to complete their work from home using online programs. Click here for a full list of closures.

4:30 a.m. - The drive in for member of the News5 Today team was a mixed bag, with relatively well-plowed roads from eastern Colorado Springs all the way to our Rockrimmon Studios. As always, leave with plenty of time for any delays if you must this morning. Colorado Springs Police are already out keeping an eye on large intersections and hills, like Austin Bluffs before UCCS. Interactive Traffic Map

As for the drive from Pueblo to Colorado Springs, we saw unplowed roads heading north before 4:00 a.m. with low visibility. How was your drive and how much snow did you get? Let us know with photos and videos to news@@koaa.com, our Facebook page, Twitter account or tag us on Instagram @KOAA_5.

The Colorado Springs Police Department is on Accident Alert status. If a city is on alert, here’s what you need to consider if you’re involved in a minor crash in which no was one injured or killed, drugs and alcohol are not suspected and the wreck did not damage public property - then exchange information at the scene, move your vehicles off the road and report the accident later using this form online.

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