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This information is current as of March 10.
When snow falls in Fort Collins, you need to know more than how to make a good cup of hot cocoa.
As Fort Collins prepares for a potentially historic snowstorm this weekend, here’s your one-stop guide to plowing in Fort Collins, local conditions, snow removal and more.
Which streets will be plowed first
The city of Fort Collins has approximately two dozen plows. In the event of snow, plows will focus first on main roadways, such as College Avenue, Prospect Road, Lemay Avenue and Harmony Road. These roads are the heartbeat of Fort Collins’ transportation network and provide access to medical facilities and emergency services. Next come other high-traffic streets, such as Remington Street and Swallow Road. School bus routes are the city’s third priority. Residential neighborhood streets are only plowed in a declared emergency, or if there is enough snow to block traffic movement.
The city also uses de-icing material when conditions are appropriate.
Twenty-four plows, operated on 12-hour shifts, will be patrolling the city this weekend (March 12-14) as soon as the storm hits, Fort Collins Streets superintendent Larry Schneider said. Some private contractors will be on standby to assist with street-plowing and clearing sidewalks if needed.
The city’s real-time snow plow tracking map shows where the city’s plows are operating.
Some instructions: “The map provides a look at where the snowplow vehicles are located using a black dot and where they have been during the last 30 minutes using a trail of red dots. By zooming in on the map, the vehicles’ trails for the previous four hours are shown in blue dots. While the map does not show where the plows are going, users can tell where they are and where they have been.”
If you can’t see the map, visit the full version on the city’s website.
Get information about current weather conditions and forecasts from the National Weather Service. You can call the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University, 970-491-6300, for accumulation totals, conditions and any weather records. The automated recording is updated at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.
See accumulation totals as reported by community volunteers across Fort Collins at www.cocorahs.org.
Who shovels what (and by when)?
Parking lots, bike lanes and city sidewalks are plowed by contractors. Residents and business owners are required to shovel their sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowstorm’s end. If property owners fail to do their part, contractors could be hired and property owners will get the bill.
The catch? If sidewalks and driveways are blocked by city snow-removal efforts, they’ll be cleared by city crews. Learn more by calling (970) 221-6615.
If an accident alert is issued and you get in a minor accident, exchange contact information — including names, addresses, license plate numbers and insurance details — with other drivers. All those involved must complete an accident report at Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, or https://dmv.colorado.gov/report-accident?fbclid=IwAR37KHyGdRMqwvqlxugWdn-7sVa5DmiY3ekcviZfmuIkxIFbsKHSaMj1bGQ, within four days.