High wind, blowing snow closing schools and roads east of Colorado Springs

After two days of well-above-average temperatures, snow is falling in parts of the Pikes Peak region.

By Ellie Mulder and Liz Forster Updated: April 13, 2018 at 3:26 pm • Published: April 13, 2018 0

3:25 p.m.

Friday's contest between the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Round Rock Express at Security Service Field has been postponed "due to high winds and cold temperature," the team said in a 3:05 p.m. tweet.

The game will be rescheduled as part of a double header for Sunday. Game 1 will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the second game will follow 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Both will be played as seven-inning contests.

Gates will open at noon.

All tickets for the postponed game are considered rain checks and are good for any remaining regular-season game, excluding July 4 and September 1 (Sky Fest). To exchange tickets, fans will need to present them at the Sky Sox ticket office.

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2:15 p.m. update

A high wind warning that went into effect Friday morning in much of southeastern Colorado, including El Paso County, will remain in place until 3 p.m. Saturday in the county, the National Weather Service in Pueblo reported.

Winds gusted at 45 to 55 mph across the county, the weather service reported. Winds in northeast El Paso County reached 62 mph.

Colorado Springs has a 30 percent chance of rain showers Friday after  5 p.m., followed by snow showers from 7 to 11 p.m.

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After two days of well-above-average temperatures, snow is falling in parts of the Pikes Peak region.

Several school districts are closing early because of high winds and poor road conditions. Click here for the list.

Snow already started to fall early Friday in Monument and Woodland Park. By midday, blizard conditions in the eastern part of the county shut down U.S. 24 between Calhan and Limon and Interstate 70 between Limon and the Kansas state line.

Click here for the latest road closures and conditions.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo predicted a 20 percent chance of snow in Colorado Springs Friday, increasing to a 30 percent chance Friday night with nominal snow totals. Depending on the temperature, some areas may see rain instead.

Chances of snow in Monument and Woodland Park are higher, about 40 percent, and could drop to 1 to 2 inches through Saturday morning.

Temperatures are forecast to be a high of 42 degrees and a low of 24 in Colorado Springs, and in the low to mid-30s and high teens in Monument and Woodland Park.

The brunt of the storm in all areas of the region are the winds. In Colorado Springs, winds are expected to blow between 20 and 25 mph in the morning and 30 to 35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gusts as high as 45 mph. Friday night, winds will speed up to 35 to 40 mph with gusts as high as 55 mph.

The winds are predicted to slightly die down Saturday to 20 to 30 mph, though the sun will have come out and the temperature will have increased to the high 40s and low 50s.

Wednesday saw temperatures in the low 80s, while Thursday stayed mostly in the 70s.

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