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An impending blizzard is forcing Air Force personnel in Colorado to take cover.
Schriever Air Force Base is closed to all non-mission essential personnel today, while the Air Force Academy and personnel at Buckley Air Force Base implemented delayed reporting procedures for all personnel.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning that will be in effect until 6 p.m. Mountain time.
Communities along the I-25 corridor from Monument Hill to the New Mexico border, including eastern Fremont, Monument, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Canon City, Walsenburg and Trinidad, are expected to be affected. As much as six inches of snow and drifting is possible. The heaviest snow is expected to occur between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., according to the weather service.
The blizzard is expected to create dangerous driving conditions across the I-25 corridor region, the service said. Whiteout conditions are expected along with periods of heavy snow. Roads are expected to become very icy because of rapidly falling temperatures and heavy snowfall. Significant drifting also is expected.
Peterson Air Force Base officials were closely monitoring the storm, but at 8:10 a.m. there, they had concluded the condition did not warrant base closure, according to an update on the 302d Airlift Wing.