Live updates: Fort Collins on accident alert, up to 2 feet of snow expected.

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Monday, 8:30 p.m.: CSU has announced that its campus will be closed Tuesday. All events and activities are canceled. There are no classes scheduled this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Full list of snow-related closures in Northern Colorado here.

Monday, 7:20 p.m.: With road conditions quickly deteriorating, CDOT has announced that closures are expected overnight. Poudre Fire Authority has responded to at least 10 crashes in the Fort Collins area since 4 p.m.

The city of Fort Collins has advised motorists to treat stop lights that are obscured by snow as four-way stops. Stop and only proceed when it is safe to do so.

Monday, 5:35 p.m.: The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office has created a text system for snowstorm impact updates. Text 888777 and enter SNOW19 in the text field. 

Monday, 5:30 p.m.: Fort Collins is on accident alert until 6 a.m. Tuesday. 

Monday, 4 p.m.: City of Fort Collins’ Streets Department is pre-treating roads and snow plows are out, according to the city’s snow plow tracker.

Monday, 3:50 p.m.: Some motorists at the Timnath Walmart reported being stuck in the parking lot for up to two hours. An employee was spotted handing out water, cookies and candy to motorists. 

Monday, 3 p.m.: National Weather Service is now predicting between 18 and 24 inches of snow for Fort Collins.

Monday, 2:52 p.m.: City of Fort Collins has activated its Emergency Weather Shelter Plan for Monday and Tuesday nights. Here’s where those seeking shelter should go while that plan is in effect: 

  • Men: Arrive at Catholic Charities, 460 Linden Center Drive at 9 p.m. (dry shelter). Call 970-493-0141 for more information,
  • Women: Community of Christ Church, 220 E. Oak St. at 9 p.m. (dry shelter). Call 970-493-0141 for more information,
  • Men and women: Fort Collins Rescue Mission, 316 Jefferson St.  (wet shelter). Arrive at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and then check-in for shelter. Call 970-224-4302 for more information. 

A warming shelter is available at the Murphy Center, 242 Conifer St., until 10 p.m. both nights. Day shelter services are available 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Murphy Center and noon to 4 p.m. at Catholic Charities. 

The city will provide transportation between shelter sites and warming centers.

Original story: It’s here: Snow began falling in Fort Collins just before 1:30 p.m., the first signs of the massive snowstorm that’s expected to blanket the city with up to 17 inches of fresh snow.

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According to 9News, Northern Colorado will start seeing heavy storm Monday afternoon. 9News, Fort Collins Coloradoan

Our Coloradoan team will be working around the clock to keep you informed, and we’ll update this story with timestamped updates throughout the storm.

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As of Monday morning, Colorado’s northern mountains as well as Fort Collins, Boulder and Greeley are expected to get 12 to 22 inches of snow starting Monday afternoon. Poudre and Thompson school districts announced earlier Monday that they would close Tuesday, giving students an extra day of Thanksgiving break. 

Snow will begin to accumulate Monday night, with a foot or more expected by Tuesday morning. Heavy and blowing snow will make travel difficult throughout this storm, according to the National Weather Service. 

Fort Collins is forecast to get up to 17 inches of snow through Tuesday.

Fort Collins police and others are asking for people to avoid travel Monday night. Travel Tuesday is expected to be “difficult to impossible,” according to the National Weather Service. 

Expect blustery winds from 14 to 22 mph Monday night, with gusts reaching 33 mph. Wind will continue Tuesday as the storm slows, with gusts reaching 28 mph. 

A winter storm warning will be in effect in Fort Collins, much of northeastern Colorado and along the foothills from 5 p.m. Monday through 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. 

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