UPDATE 10 p.m.: CSU will be closed all day Monday due to the heavy snow.
City of Fort Collins offices will delay opening until 10 a.m. Critical services such as fire and police will continue as usual and Transfort buses will operate under current schedules.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Public school districts in Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor have canceled Monday classes due to heavy snow that fell on Northern Colorado Sunday.
Both Poudre and Thompson school districts announced the cancelation of Monday classes, both in person and remote, Sunday, along with all after-school activities scheduled for Monday.
Both school districts said they are working on a process to deliver remote learning on future snow days, but reiterated that all learning scheduled for Monday is canceled.
Weld RE-4 school district canceled in-person learning and said a decision on after-school and afternoon activities would be posted on school websites by noon, Monday. All Weld County government offices closed as well.ffi
The Colorado Department of Transportation also encouraged motorists to avoid traveling Sunday evening and through Monday due to challenging driving conditions across the state. Wet roads will freeze overnight and packed snow will be present on various roads.
CDOT encouraged anyone who has to travel to visit cotrip.org for the latest road conditions and to be prepared for icy conditions and extended drive times.
ORIGINAL STORY: Fort Collins residents replaced brooms and blowers meant to sweep away ash with snowplows and shovels Sunday, as heavy snow fell across Colorado for the first time since Sept. 8.
The snow, easily exceeding 6-8 inches in many areas by 3 p.m. Sunday, offered a welcome reprieve from weeks of smoky skies and falling ash spread by the wildfires burning to the west of the city.
Sure, the normal nuisances of a winter storm were there. Fort Collins went on accident alert at 1 p.m. Sunday, with police asking residents involved in minor crashes to exchange info and report them online. Windsor soon followed suit.
Snowplows set upon Fort Collins’ arterial streets starting at 1 a.m. Sunday and — in traditional fashion — residents asked when the plows would run long after they started. Anyone attempting to shovel their own driveway Sunday can attest that doing so was largely an exercise in futility as the midday snowfall quickly covered most gains.
Official snowfall totals from the storm expected to dump about 10 inches on Fort Collins Sunday through Monday weren’t available by the Coloradoan’s 4 p.m. Sunday print deadline, but many measuring stations operated by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network volunteers showed between 3-6 inches in the city during morning measurements.
Fort Collins snow forecast
New snow accumulation of an additional 3-7 inches is expected overnight Sunday before snow tapers off into Monday. The NWS in Boulder is predicting less than 1 inch of new snow accumulation Monday.
Monday’s daytime high will mirror that of Sunday’s, staying near 18 degrees before dropping near zero overnight. Wind chill values as low as minus-7 degrees are expected.
Things will begin to warm and dry Tuesday, with a daytime high near 37 warming to 45 on Wednesday, 47 on Thursday and the mid- to high 50s by the weekend.
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Colorado wildfire snow update
Larimer County’s mountainous western stretches, besieged by wildfire since mid-August, received their second significant snowfall since the Cameron Peak Fire broke out.
Fire officials said they expected Sunday’s snow to slow the wildfires burning in the county, much like a heavy Sept. 8 snowfall slowed the progress of the Cameron Peak Fire after it made a major run over Labor Day weekend.
While dry, warmer days are ahead, more moderate temperatures should help firefighters squelch the high fire danger that gripped the town of Estes Park and other areas in the path of the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires during last week’s dangerous expansion.
While more than a foot of snow is expected to fall in the mountains before the cold front blows through by the end of Monday, firefighters remain on scene to put out hot spots, complete containment lines and provide structure protection should fire activity pick up as the sun returns and snow melts.