Snow showers continue this evening creating slick road conditions across southern Colorado. Overnight the N Pikes Peak Region sees a second push of moisture and locally heavy snowfall will once again be possible. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for far northern El Paso County where ~4" are possible by Tuesday morning. Also ahead, a High Wind Warning for much of southeast Colorado from 4-11am Tuesday morning as wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph. For more info on the forecast this holiday week, head over to the "Weather" tab.
A tornado touched down in eastern Park and Teller counties Tuesday afternoon, causing damage near 11 Mile Reservoir and Lake George.
A park ranger at 11 Mile Reservoir reported a tornado just east of the park at 1:16pm. The Park County Undersheriff says there are no injuries to report.
11 News visited Vivian Linville's weekend home. The tornado ripped through her three sheds and her garage. All her belongings were thrown across her property. "I'm so bewildered about what happened," says Linville.
The tornado went on to do more damage near Lake George, where several trees were uprooted in the 11 Mile Subdivision. "It was like a train," says Raymond Strother about the sound of the tornado. "Look at the trees. The tornado ripped them up and broke them in half like a toothpick." The tornado also reportedly threw a trailer uphil and levelled a concession stand, tossing its roof fifty feet.
11 News viewers saw the tornado touch down from their homes in Florissant Heights area in Florissant and the Highland Lakes area in Divide. "It was just a monster. It was a huge funnel cloud. You could see it touch the ground. It was unbelievable," says Dave Cruz. He captured the tornado on home video.
This wasn't the only tornado spotted in Southern Colorado on Tuesday. There were multiple reports of funnel clouds southeast of Walsenburg. A spotter also reported a tornado 11 miles southeast of Walsenburg with debris visible.
Other areas were peppered with penny to quarter-size hail as storms raced across the I-25 corridor. Even ping pong ball -size hail was reported seven miles south of Pueblo.
There are no estimates of damages or reports of injures.