COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A fast-moving system could bring another round of snow to the Pikes Peak region this week to top off a massive late-winter storm that halted travel across the state.
The weekend’s storm pounded areas of Colorado, dumping more than 2 feet of snow in the Denver metro area and upward of 3 feet in areas of Teller County.
It was the fourth-largest storm in Denver’s 140-year recorded weather history, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder. About 27 inches of snow fell at Denver International Airport between Saturday and Sunday and 23 inches in Teller County, according to the National Weather Service.
Colorado Springs saw a range in snowfall — with 6 inches reported near the Peterson Air Force Base and nearly 1½ feet reported near the Air Force Academy. Still, the storm made travel challenging, especially for commuters headed north. The storm closed major highways, delayed opening for government offices and shut down Denver International Airport.
Monday also marked the first snow day in a year for some of Colorado’s largest school districts including Colorado Springs School District 11.
Interstate 25, which was shut down Sunday between Castle Rock and Colorado Springs due to white-out conditions, remained closed until midmorning. Highway 83 also remained closed for several hours Monday as plow crews worked to clear the ice-bound roads.
Many cars were stranded as conditions worsened along major highways and Colorado State Patrol worked to tow the cars throughout the day as roads became more safe. The number of motorists left stranded wasn't available Monday.
“We can certainly say despite asking folks to stay off the roadways, we did handle hundreds of calls statewide each day dealing with crashes, slide offs, stuck and stranded motorists, and more,” said Trooper Joshua Lewis with State Patrol.
The Teller County Sheriff’s Office responded to many vehicles that slid off the roadways and got stuck, said spokesman Lt. Wes Walter. There were no serious rescue situations reported, he said, and the county did not request assistance from the National Guard.
The county owns a fleet of snowmobiles that are dispatched as needed during severe weather, Walter said. They were not activated during the weekend storm, he added.