Weather blog: Heavy snow in spots Wednesday night

Posted at 4:09 PM, Feb 16, 2022

SOUTHERN COLORADO — We're under a First Alert 5 Weather Alert Day with snow forecast to fall tonight through early Thursday morning.

Snow is already falling in the Pikes Peak Region late today and will continue to fall across the New Mexico border by 6 am Thursday morning.

A few big concerns from this storm will be areas of heavy snow, icy pavement that forms under snow, and dangerous Thursday morning travel.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for northern El Paso County including areas like Monument, Black Forest, and Palmer Lake. Snow will be heaviest over northern El Paso County and on the west side of Colorado Springs.

Snow broadly through Colorado Springs should range from 1 to 3 inches with lighter totals on the south half of town and out near the airport. Warm pavement today will mean ice could develop under the snow, so be careful tonight and early tomorrow morning if you are out driving.

A full forecast for the day can be found here.

Track this storm through the morning, including snow totals and updated forecasts, on the First Alert 5 Weather stream, which can be viewed on the KOAA News5 app for your Roku, FireTV, AppleTV or AndroidTV.

Traffic Updates:

7:00 p.m. | Highway 115 |Due to an injury crash investigation, all lanes of northbound HWY 115 at Star Ranch Rd is closed. Weather is causing deteriorating road conditions. REOPENED AT 7:40 P.M.

Live Updates:

6:50 p.m. | Cold Accident Reporting | The Colorado Springs Police Department is on Accident Alert due to road conditions. Drivers are reminded if they are involved in a traffic accident with no fatality or injury requiring medical attention, no driver involved is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drivers should exchange their information and follow the procedure for completing a counter (cold) report. Drivers can either pick up a traffic accident report form at any of the police department substations or they can go online and go to the CSPD homepage and select “report a minor traffic accident” for instructions.

6:30 p.m. | Accident Alert | The City of Fountain was placed on accident alert status. If you are involved in a traffic accident and there are no injuries, no suspected alcohol or drugs involved, both drivers are licensed and all vehicles involved are registered, please exchange information with the other party. Within 72 hours, please report it online.

4:10 p.m. | Phone line down | Cripple Creek Police Department regular phone lines are down. If you need to reach them please call 719-629-8630.

4:00 p.m. | Weather updates |Snow has begun to fall in Colorado Springs.

3:55 p.m. | Flight updates | The Denver International Airport currently has 196 delayed flights coming into or out of the airport. As of now, 122 flights have been canceled.