Fort Collins forecast calls for coldest temperature in 4 years for the weekend

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If your weekend plans call for staying inside, stick with them as the Fort Collins forecast calls for the city’s coldest temperature in four years.

An Arctic air mass will move into the area Friday, bringing the first of three nights in which temperatures are forecast to drop below zero degrees.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a low of minus-11 Saturday night, which if reached would be the coldest temperature recorded in Fort Collins since minus-16 on Jan. 6, 2017, according to Colorado Climate Center data.

Friday night’s low is forecast to reach minus-5 and Sunday night’s low minus-4. The last time Fort Collins saw three consecutive nights of negative degrees was March 3-5, 2019, when we reached minus-1, minus-9 and minus-1, respectively.

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February, which is Fort Collins’ third-coldest month on average behind December and January, is known for some of Colorado’s most frigid weather. The state record low of minus-61 was set in Maybell on Feb. 1, 1985.

Fort Collins’ record low of minus-41 degrees was set Feb. 1, 1951, and the city’s coldest high temperature of minus-10 degrees was set Feb. 4, 1989.

Beth Sowder, director of the city’s Social Sustainability Department, said the city expects to activate its emergency weather shelter plan for homeless residents Thursday through Monday. Triggers to implement the plan include a weather service forecast of daytime temperatures below 32 degrees, a winter storm warning issued or a wind chill warning issued. 

When activated, the city adds locations where those experiencing homelessness can access warming shelters. Women are able to stay all day and overnight at Catholic Charities. The Blue Spruce Temporary Shelter, where men stay overnight, is not open during the day since Food Bank for Larimer County does food distribution at the facility. The Murphy Center and Westminster Presbyterian Church will be open during the day for people to stay.

As temperatures dip, pet owners and those who own livestock should take precautions to protect their animals against the persistent cold temperatures.

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Fort Collins forecast

Here is this week’s National Weather Service forecast:

Tuesday: Chance of flurries before 11 a.m, then mostly cloudy and high near 27 and low of 13.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 9 a.m., then clearing and a high of 38 degrees and low around 14.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 34, then 40% chance of snow after 11 p.m. and low around 6.

Friday: Snow likely with a 60% chance mainly after 11 a.m. with a high of 14 and low around minus-5.

Saturday: A chance of morning snow with a high near 7 and low around minus-11.

Sunday: A slight chance of snow, then partly cloudy with a high near 11 and low around minus-4.

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