PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – An arctic storm system has some Coloradans shoveling out from under tumbleweeds rather than snow.

Tumbleweeds piled up around houses and shops and along roads several feet high in and around Colorado Springs and Pueblo on Monday as the system moved from north to south across the state.

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Peggy Perales of the National Weather Service in Pueblo, Colorado says winds gusted up to 60 mph as the storm moved in. That also kicked up blinding dust in the region, with the worst of it lasting for about an hour.

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Brian Paulson of Pueblo West wasn’t fazed about all the dust and tumbleweeds blowing near his home. He says it happens most falls after the ground dries out and the winds pick up.

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