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Jun 20, 2011 7:07 PM by Andy Koen

Summer snow at the summit

It's the kind of weather you'd expect to see in December, not June. At least 4 inches of snow fell on the summit of Pikes Peak Monday morning. There was enough ice and snow on the Pikes Peak Highway that rangers closed the road halfway up.

The Eldred family, here on vacation from Indiana, was hoping to make that drive to the summit.

"I wish we could've went further, but I guess the ice and the snow is going to prevent us from doing that," said John Eldred.

The Guillory family also got stopped. They are in town from Houston and were looking to cool off.

"This is very cool," said Brittany Guillory. "The kids get to throw snowballs which we don't usually get to do in Houston."

The snow didn't stop the Pikes Peak Cog Railway from running, but general manager Spencer Wren says the cold weather on top did give some customers second thoughts.

"Half the people are really excited to go up there and see snow because they come from South Texas or Florida somewhere they've never seen snow and the other half (say) well, we've seen snow before and we can't see the views as well so we don't want to go up there."

The weather this spring in Colorado has certainly been contradictory. Thousands of acres have been scorched by wildfires fueled by hot, dry conditions. Yet high mountain snow pack levels have some ski resorts preparing to re-open for the 4th of July.

Sunnier days are in the forecast for the rest of the week and the rangers expect the highway to be completely open Tuesday. They also say the snow shouldn't be an issue when it comes to setting up for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this weekend.

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