Winter storm closes schools, libraries; Springs under weather warning

Harrison School District Two and Colorado Springs School District 11 are both closed today, due to a winter storm that is bringing gale-force winds, blowing snow and sub-freezing wind chills.

The Pikes Peak Library District also opted to keep its doors closed, but is scheduled to reopen at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Pikes Peak Community College and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs likewise suspended classes for the day.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo issued a blizzard warning for northern El Paso County, while the Springs and much of the southern part of the state remain on alert for hazardous

Courtesy image/The National Weather Service

winter weather. Blowing and drifting snow are causing poor visibility and driving conditions.

As of 6:30 a.m., traffic was slowed along the I-25 corridor from Pueblo all the way to Denver, and on much of U.S. 24 heading east from Colorado Springs.

Springs police went onto accident alert status shortly before midnight Monday and continued Tuesday morning. So for crashes without a fatality or injury requiring medical attention; where no driver involved is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; when all drivers are present with license, registration and insurance information; and no damage to public property has occurred, drivers should exchange their information and file a so-called “cold” report. Forms are available at any department substation or online at Click on the “Report a Minor Traffic Accident” link on the right side of the page.

Blizzard-like conditions are expected to continue throughout the day, with both the wind and the snow tapering off this evening. Today’s highs aren’t expected to break the freezing mark; however, Wednesday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high in the lower 40s.

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