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UPDATE: Southeastern El Paso County getting second straight day of significant snowfall

EL PASO COUNTY , Colo. (KRDO) -- On Tuesday, for the second day in a row, southeastern El Paso County is expected to get much of the snow that has fallen in the Pikes Peak region since late Sunday night.

In addition to receiving between 5 and 7 inches through Monday morning, KRDO StormTracker Meteorologist Sam Postich said that the area could receive up to an additional 5 inches through Tuesday night.

Bryan Finley, a county highway foreman, said that snow removal will be more challenging Tuesday because of stronger winds, fog, more limited visibility and colder temperatures.

The snow canceled classes for area schools but didn't cancel a young rancher's chores at home.

"I've got to go and feed some cattle," said Brett Green, 16. "About 350 head. It'll take us about two hours on a good day, so it'll probably take us about three today."

Some roads had a layer of ice under the snow. Some people stayed home from work but a married couple had a good reason for being out in the elements.

"We had a doctor's appointment," said David and Clarisse Burney. "We found out that we're pregnant, so we have to have our baby appointment."

While the snow was inconvenient for some, it's a blessing for many ranchers and farmers who need the moisture for crops and livestock.

"I was talking with a rancher who lives north of here," Green said. "He's mad because we got a lot more snow down here than they did up there."

Monday, Jan. 25 -- The first round of the latest snowstorm left the heaviest snow totals in an unlikely area.

Instead of the usual locations such as Woodland Park, Monument and Black Forest, southeastern El Paso County received the most snowfall -- between 5 and 7 inches.

Much of that snow fell between Yoder and Pueblo County; Bryan Finley, a county highway foreman, said that the weather caused no serious issues.

"This storm cam in from the south and that brought this area more snow than it would get otherwise," he said.

The county's rural areas have a mix of paved and gravel roads. Finley said that while plows remove frozen moisture from the paved roads as quickly as possible, crews try to leave moisture on gravel roads to soften them and eliminate the "washboard" effect that causes bumpy driving.

The county has eight people working and covering the area from Calhan south to the Pueblo County line. Crews began working at 4 a.m. Monday and a new crew took over at 2 p.m.

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Scott Harrison

Scott is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Scott here.


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