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Heavy snow could complicate Pikes Peak auto race

June 26, 2021 GMT

DENVER (AP) — A heavy summer snowfall forecast for Pikes Peak threatened to complicate one of the oldest auto races in the United States.

The National Weather Service said heavy snow was expected to begin Saturday night, several hours before the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled to begin on Sunday. Participants in the second oldest auto race in U.S. drive a course covering more than 12 miles with 156 turns, Denver television station KCNC reported. The race ends at the summit of Pikes Peak at an elevation of more than 14,000 feet.

The National Weather Service forecast said snow was likely throughout the weekend, with several inches possible late Saturday and early Sunday.

The summer storm in Colorado was in sharp contrast to a dangerous heat wave that was gripping much of the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, with cities like Seattle and Portland expected to break records for high temperatures throughout the weekend.