Winter storm on its way! Estimated snow totals, travel resources, school closure information and more

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – It’s finally happened: the first big snow event of the season in the Pikes Peak area!

Long-awaited and much-needed, winter will roar through southern Colorado on Tuesday evening, bringing freezing temperatures and several – yes, several! — inches of snow with it.

Here are the current snow totals forecast through Thursday morning (remember, these numbers are subject to change):

Broadmore: 8-14 inches

Rockrimmon/Manitou: 7-12 inches

Downtown Colorado Springs/Airport: 5-10 inches

Briargate / Air Force Academy: 5-10 inches

Monument/wooded park: 5-10 inches

Black Forest/Falcon: 5-10 inches

Pueblo: 2-5 inches

City of Canon: 5-10 inches

Westcliffe/Rye: 12-18 inches

eastern plains: 2-6 inches

Wind should not be a major issue with this storm.

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TRAVEL IMPACTS

Click here for real-time traffic information throughout Colorado.

Click here for local traffic information (Pikes Peak and Pueblo area).

Information about cancellations and delays at DIA can be found here.

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Here you will find information about cancellations and delays at Colorado Springs airport.

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KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING TIPS FOR WINTER DRIVING (information courtesy of AAA):

– Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying throttle slowly to accelerate is the best way to regain traction and avoid skidding. Don’t try to move in a hurry. And take the time to slow down for a red light. Remember: it takes longer to slow down on icy roads.

– Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snowy roads. Accelerate, stop, turn – nothing happens faster than on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.

– Normal dry pavement tracking distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to 10 seconds. This increased safety margin will provide the longer distance needed if you need to stop.

– Know your brakes. Whether you have anti-lock brakes or not, the best way to stop is to cross the threshold. Keep the heel of your foot on the ground and use the sole of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure to the brake pedal.

– Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There is a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a complete stop versus the amount it takes to move while rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep driving until a traffic light changes, do so.

– Do not power the hills. Applying extra gas on snowy roads only makes your wheels spin. Try to get some inertia before you hit the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. When you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and descend as slowly as possible.

– Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to climb a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia on flat pavement before tackling the hill.

– If you have nowhere to go, stay home!

Click on here for more information on winter driving and CDOT travel.

SCHOOL IMPACTS

Click here for a current list of school delays/cancellations!

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