Heavy snow has fallen in Colorado, including Fort Collins, but it’s expected to lighten throughout Tuesday. 9News, Fort Collins Coloradoan
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More than a foot of snow is blanketing Fort Collins, with between 4-6 more inches expected to fall in Larimer County by noon Tuesday.
Colorado State Climatologist Russ Schumacher tweeted about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday that he had a total of 14.9 inches in his Fort Collins backyard, 9 inches of which fell after 7 p.m. Monday. The official observation from the weather station at Colorado State University was 14.4 inches. National Weather Service reported 14.5 inches in some areas of Fort Collins.
In southwest Fort Collins, near Horsetooth and Shields, at least a foot had fallen by 5 a.m. In west Fort Collins near Overland Trail, reporter Pat Ferrier reported up to 16 inches of snow Tuesday morning. The city’s expected to receive between 18 and 24 inches total during the storm.
National Weather Service predicts about 4 more inches to fall in Fort Collins Tuesday, according to a map it tweeted about 6 a.m. Tuesday. At 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Larimer County Emergency Telephone Authority, or LETA, sent out an alert that between 4-6 inches are expected to fall in the county before noon due to a new band of snow moving into the area.
The storm is wreaking havoc on Thanksgiving week travel, with hundreds of flights canceled at Denver International Airport as well as poor road conditions and road closures — U.S. Highway 287 is closed from Ted’s Place to Wyoming, and U.S. Highway 36 is closed from Pinewood Springs to Estes Park due to stuck vehicles.
Fort Collins is on accident alert until 9 a.m. Tuesday. Snow plows were out and working Monday night and Tuesday morning, according to the city’s snow plow tracker.
City of Fort Collins activated its Emergency Weather Shelter Plan Monday night, and it remains active Tuesday night. Here’s where those seeking shelter should go while that plan is in effect:
- Men: Arrive at Catholic Charities, 460 Linden Center Drive at 9 p.m. (dry shelter). Call 970-493-0141 for more information,
- Women: Community of Christ Church, 220 E. Oak St. at 9 p.m. (dry shelter). Call 970-493-0141 for more information,
- Men and women: Fort Collins Rescue Mission, 316 Jefferson St. (wet shelter). Arrive at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and then check-in for shelter. Call 970-224-4302 for more information.
A warming shelter is available at the Murphy Center, 242 Conifer St., until 10 p.m. both nights. Day shelter services are available 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Murphy Center and noon to 4 p.m. at Catholic Charities.
The city will provide transportation between shelter sites and warming centers.
Area school districts are closed Tuesday due to the storm, giving students an early start to Thanksgiving break. Colorado State University and Front Range Community College didn’t have classes this week for Thanksgiving break, but both institutions closed their campuses for the storm.
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