The second snowstorm of February has come and gone, so let’s see how accurate the National Weather Service’s snowfall forecast was.
The storm moved in Wednesday afternoon, picked up steam into the evening and then pushed south out of the Fort Collins area by midnight. The snow prompted Fort Collins, Windsor and Loveland to go on accident alert.
There were seven crashes between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the Fort Collins area, according to the Pulse Point app.
Fort Collins generally received 4 to 5 inches of snow, with one reporting station 5.4 miles west-southwest of the city’s main reporting station on the Colorado State University campus reporting 6.5 inches, according to the weather service and Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations.
The weather service’s forecast range for the city was 4 to 6 inches with an expected amount of 4 inches. A storm at the beginning of the month brought 9 inches of snow to Fort Collins.
Here’s how other area snow totals compared to the forecast:
- Greeley was forecast to receive 2 to 3 inches and generally received about 3 inches.
- Boulder was forecast to receive 6 to 8 inches and generally received 5 to 7 inches.
- Denver was forecast to receive 6 to 8 inches and generally received 4 to 5 inches.
- Estes Park was forecast to receive 3 to 4 inches and generally received 4 to 5 inches.
Colorado snowfall totals
- Golden: (1.6 miles southwest): 10.4 inches
- Boulder (3 miles northwest): 7.6 inches
- Boulder (1.5 miles north-northwest): 6.8 inches
- Fort Collins (5.4 miles west-southwest): 6.5 inches
- Estes Park: 6.5. inches
- Horsetooth Mountain (2 miles south-southeast): 5.5 inches
- DIA: 5 inches
- Fort Collins (2.1 miles southwest): 4.9 inches
- Poudre Park: 4.8 inches
- Fort Collins (2.8 miles west): 4.7 inches
- Denver (2.1 miles east-southeast): 4.5 inches
- Vail (2.6 miles east): 4.5 inches
- Fort Collins (2.5 miles northwest): 4.3 inches
- Fort Collins (0.7 miles south-southwest): 4.1 inches
- Laporte (1.4 miles northwest): 4 inches
- Loveland: (2.4 miles west): 4 inches
- Timnath (2.1 miles east): 3.7 inches
- Loveland: (4.8 miles southeast): 3.5 inches
- Longmont: 3.5 inches
- Greeley: (1 mile south): 2.6 inches
- Severance: 2.6 inches
- Fort Collins (4.6 miles north): 2.5 inches
- Wellington: 2 inches
Source: National Weather Service and Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow stations
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