Colorado Springs is getting walloped by the same snowstorm that hit Denver this morning and dropped between one and two inches per hour.
The snowflakes started to fall here about noon and were quickly accompanied by wind gusts of between 20 and 40 mph, according to FOX 21 Meteorologist Tim Elbertsen.
He predicts Colorado Springs could get between 6 and 12 inches of snow and drifts up to two feet tall when it’s all said and done.
Springs resident Terri Risius stopped downtown for a shopping trip she knew would be brief.
“I only went in for 20 minutes and look at it out here,” she said while scraping her car windows. “I’m going home.”
At mid-afternoon most of the businesses downtown on Tejon Street and in Old Colorado City remained open, even if they were sparsely populated.
“Everybody seems to still be open,” said Charles Irwin, owner of The Attic in Old Colorado City and president of Colorado’s Old Town Merchant Association. “We’re all diehards, here – we stay until we have to go home. But, it’s not so much the snow that scares them off – it’s the wind.”
The Promenade Shops at the Briargate on the city’s north end, however, closed, and apparently not many people were in the mood for ice cream.
“I had a little business, but the Promenade Shops at Briargate shopping center has closed, so we closed,” said Louise Becker, owner Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery. “The snow and wind is awful up here.”
Helen Eppley, on the other hand, said her downtown shop SparrowHawk Cookware was doing business.
“It’s been a normal day,” she said.
Staff reporters Rebecca Tonn and Scott Prater contributed to this report.