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Early Blizzard Hits Pikes Peak

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Dan Disner took this photo on March 30 at "78th and Steele in the triangle between Thornton, Commerce City, and Denver." "One of my brother's high school teachers once told him that Pike's Peak couldn't be seen from Denver. Ha! The wind and atmospheric conditions gave us this clear and almost magnified view," he wrote.

Dan Disner took this photo on March 30 at “78th and Steele in the triangle between Thornton, Commerce City, and Denver.” “One of my brother’s high school teachers once told him that Pike’s Peak couldn’t be seen from Denver. Ha! The wind and atmospheric conditions gave us this clear and almost magnified view,” he wrote.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – An early blizzard Tuesday morning at the top of Pikes Peak briefly closed a highway to the summit and left some tourists stranded at the top until the road was plowed.

The (Colorado Springs) Gazette reports that Tuesday morning’s squall dusted the top of the famed peak, which sits just above 14,000 feet.

Pikes Peak Highway Ranger Brenda Wilson told the newspaper that the road was promptly plowed, but some tourists had to wait until the road was cleared so they could drive down. Another snow squall hit at about 12:30 p.m.

The ranger said that flakes from Tuesday’s blizzard melted, but that snow may stick to the highway and exposed rocky summit overnight.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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