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Early blizzard hits Pikes Peak

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - 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.

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The Aspen Times Updated Sep 13, 2011 09:02PM Published Sep 13, 2011 09:00PM Copyright 2011 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.