Colorado snow: 10 inches in Fort Collins? A foot in Boulder? See the latest forecast


A cold front will bring up to a foot of snow, frigid temperatures and long-anticipated wildfire relief as it blows through Colorado Saturday evening through Monday, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather service.

Boulder and Fort Collins are expected to see the heaviest snowfall totals from the storm, with up to a foot expected in Boulder and 10 inches in Fort Collins. Estes Park, evacuated and besieged by the East Troublesome Fire, is expected to receive 9 inches of snow from the storm.

A winter storm watch is in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday for a swath of Colorado north and east of the Denver metro area. The cold front will drop into Colorado from the north Saturday night, bringing the heaviest snowfall on Sunday.

Temperatures across the northern Front Range will dip into the teens and 20s, with overnight lows Sunday in the single digits.

The NWS warns that colder temperatures will lead to slick and slow travel conditions, and anyone traveling should prepare for potentially hazardous conditions.

Boating closed at Horsetooth Reservoir

Larimer County announced Saturday that boating on Horsetooth Reservoir would be closed Sunday and Monday due to the impending winter storm. Regular boating hours are planned to resume Tuesday.

Water levels at the reservoir have been drawn down as part of a maintenance project.

The Horsetooth Outlet Project entails maintenance and repairs to the outlet from Soldier Canyon Dam, which is one of four dams on the reservoir. The outlet feeds water to the city’s water treatment facility and the Soldier Canyon Filter Plant.

Colorado snow forecast

Here’s a look at the forecast snow totals from across Colorado:

  • Boulder: 12 inches
  • Fort Collins: 10 inches
  • Estes Park: 9 inches
  • Greeley: 8 inches
  • Denver: 7 inches
  • Walden: 7 inches
  • Vail: 7 inches
  • Sterling: 7 inches
  • Steamboat Springs: 6 inches
  • Aspen: 5 inches
  • Pueblo: 4 inches
  • Colorado Springs: 2 inches
  • Grand Junction: 2 inches
  • Durango: 1 inch

Coloradoan editor Eric Larsen can be reached at or 970-224-7745. Support journalism in Fort Collins and subscribe today at