Heavy snow has fallen in Colorado, including Fort Collins, but it’s expected to lighten throughout Tuesday. 9News, Fort Collins Coloradoan
More than 14 inches of snow blanketed Fort Collins from Monday night into Tuesday morning, and that appears to have nearly broken records.
Tuesday’s snow wasn’t expected to top the charts as the snowiest day on record in Fort Collins — that title belongs to Nov. 29, 1979, when 21.1 inches fell. A single day is measured by the 24-hour period beginning at 7 p.m.
But Colorado State Climatologist Russ Schumacher predicted Tuesday’s snow would mark the second largest snowfall in a single November day in the city. That spot was previously secured by Nov. 26, 1983, when 10.1 inches fell. That was also the last time it snowed more than 10 inches in one day in November.
As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, 9.5 inches of snow had fallen at the weather station at Colorado State University since 7 p.m. Monday. Snow continued to fall steadily until midday, though the final 24-hour measurement wasn’t available by publication of this story.
For the two-day snowstorm, the morning 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.
“I think what is notable about this storm was the intensity of the snowfall, everything has fallen in less than 24 hours, when often for our bigger snowstorms the snow is spread out over to to three days,” Schumacher said.
Even without the final 7 p.m. measurement, Tuesday was the snowiest day in Fort Collins since March 23, 2016, and it will “almost certainly end up as the biggest snowstorm” since May 15-17, 2013. That title is defined by the total snow on consecutive days with snow.
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How much has it snowed this month?
As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, Fort Collins has seen 19 inches of snow this month, with more still falling. Official measurements are taken at the weather station at CSU at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day.
“The average snow for November is 8.6 inches, so we’ve more than doubled the usual November snowfall,” Schumacher said.
As of Tuesday, he said, this November is the eighth snowiest November, and the snowiest since 1993, when Fort Collins saw 20.9 inches of snow. The snowiest November on record was in 1979 with 29.1 inches.
By midday Tuesday, the snow had stopped, and in true Colorado fashion, the sun had come out by mid-afternoon. More snow is forecast to come later in the week. Schumacher said snow predicted for Friday will impact the mountains more than the city of Fort Collins.
Many Northern Colorado and Front Range towns also saw large snow totals as of Tuesday morning, according to reports to the National Weather Service:
- Loveland: 13 to 14.5 inches
- Windsor: 12 inches
- Laporte: 11.5 inches
- Estes Park: 13 to 16 inches
- Greeley: 7 to 8 inches
- Longmont: 10 inches
- Boulder: 18 to 22 inches
- Denver: 9 to 11 inches
Residential streets to be plowed
Meanwhile, Fort Collins’ Streets Department has taken the unusual step of plowing residential streets. It has a “very aggressive target of a midnight (Tuesday) completion,” according to a City of Fort Collins post on Twitter. “There are 24 trucks to complete one pass through each neighborhood street to provide an accessible path, but they will not be able to plow curb to curb.”
According to the city’s snow plan, residential streets are only plowed only when snow accumulation completely blocks traffic movement. “This is a rare occurrence in Fort Collins and is very costly to do,” according to the city’s website.
“Our city is very aware of the many plans made by our residents to celebrate Thanksgiving and are doing our best to make this safe and possible,” according to a city government Twitter post.
Reporter Sady Swanson contributed to this report.
Brooklyn Dance is a breaking news reporter. Contact her at email@example.com or on Twitter @hibrookIyn.
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