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Update, 9:55 a.m. Monday: Fort Collins is now expected to receive 17 inches of snow Monday night into Tuesday. Read the latest Colorado snow forecast for this Thanksgiving week snowstorm here.
Original story: You might roll your eyes, but the National Weather Service and many television meteorologists are calling for Fort Collins and surrounding area to receive around a foot of snow Monday into Tuesday, just as travelers will be hitting the roads and skies for Thanksgiving Day.
NWS has issued a winter storm warning for Fort Collins and much of the northeastern quadrant of Colorado for 8 p.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Tuesday.
NWS said this storm has a high probability of dropping accumulating snow, but exact snow totals could change, depending on the intensity of snow bands. Visit the Coloradoan for storm updates.
Here’s a look at what to expect, according to NWS:
When will snowstorm arrive?
The heaviest snow will begin in the mountains Monday afternoon and is expected to spread southeast to the Fort Collins-Denver area Monday evening and across the rest of northeast Colorado by about midnight. The snow will end from west to east during the day Tuesday. The heaviest snow is likely to occur late Monday into the early morning hours Tuesday.
How will vehicle travel be impacted?
Travel could be very difficult to nearly impossible across the northern Interstate 25 corridor and from Greeley to Fort Collins and Loveland and spread to the northeastern plains and I-76 corridor, by Tuesday morning. The hazardous conditions could impact the Monday evening commute and will impact the Tuesday morning commute. Closed or impassible roads due to heavy snow are possible in the warned area.
Where is the bullseye?
Forecast models could still change, but the heaviest snow is likely from Northern Colorado, including Fort Collins, and southern Wyoming mountains eastward into western Nebraska and northwest Kansas.
How much is Fort Collins forecast to receive?
Here are what different meteorologists were forecasting Sunday for Fort Collins:
NWS: 13 inches
9News: 8-14 inches
Fox 31: 11 inches
Four different models normally used: 10-13 inches
How much snow are other areas forecast to receive?
Cheyenne: 15 inches
Greeley: 12 inches
Boulder: 12 inches
Denver: 11 inches
Sterling: 11 inches
Fort Morgan: 10 inches
Holyoke: 10 inches
Castle Rock: 9 inches
Estes Park: 8 inches
Vail: 6 inches
Steamboat: 6 inches
Colorado Spring: 2 inches
How do I check to see if my DIA flight is impacted?
Check with your airline carrier, as delays and cancellations are expected.
Flight Aware can also help you.
How will I know if Poudre School District delays or cancels classes?
PSD is off Wednesday through Friday in honor of Thanksgiving Day.
Tuesday’s classes could be impacted.
Decisions about weather-related school closures are made by 5:30 a.m. Parents and staff will be notified by email, phone and information will be posted on the PSD website and Facebook page. Also, the Coloradoan, will post it as soon as the notification is sent out, and it will be made free online.
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