‘Do not travel’: Blizzard warning issued for Larimer, Weld counties

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A blizzard warning is in effect for Larimer and northwest Weld County, including Fort Collins, Loveland, Wellington, Greeley and Windsor. 

Larimer County emergency officials sent out reverse 911 calls and text messages to residents just after noon Sunday. The warning is in effect until midnight. 

Additional snow accumulation of 2 to 6 inches with storm totals of 14 to 24 inches is expected throughout Sunday, according to the alert. Wind gusts could be as high as 45 mph. 

“Do not travel. Blowing and drifting snow will significantly reduce visibility with whiteout conditions at times,” the alert said. “Scattered power outages can be expected.”

Officials are urging residents to stay home and restrict travel to emergencies only. 

“County Resources are stretched thin. Please stay home and do not travel. The storm is not over,” Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority tweeted. “More snow is expected throughout the day. Many roads are not passable.”

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Power outages throughout Northern Colorado

According to Fort Collins utilities, some residents are seeing intermittent flickering of power throughout the city. 

“High winds may impact transmission lines and create flickering lights and brief power interruptions. Most of the time, there is no need to report flickering lights unless power remains out for more than a few minutes,” according to the city’s website.

Fort Collins residents can call 970-221-6710 to report an outage and can track outages across the city on this map.

Across Poudre Valley REA’s service area, roughly 7,200 are without power.

“Poles are down, cross arms broken, and substantial tree damage. Accessibility is limited in adverse conditions. Crews are restoring power as safely and quickly as possible,” PVREA tweeted. Outages and progress can be tracked on this map.

The city of Loveland said that there were multiple power outages reported Sunday. Three crews have been dispatched and are working to restore power, according to a tweet from the city. Residents may also have issues with phone and TV service due to tree limbs hitting service lines. 

Loveland residents can report outages at 970-663-1043.

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