If you’re in the Northeastern part of Colorado, you are more than likely facing the snow storm that has hit a large chunk of Colorado. With it being more than halfway through May, this is the latest snowfall Fort Collins has seen since 2002. That year the city had a late snowfall on May 24. While it may seem like a late time for snow, Fort Collins has gotten snow much later. In 1947, Fort Collins received the latest snow it has ever seen on June 12.
Due to the weather, there has been a number of closures throughout Northern Colorado. U.S. Highway 287 has been closed northbound from Colorado Highway 14 toward the Wyoming border. Colorado State University sent out a mass email to all students and faculty around noon today stating that they’d be closing at 12:30 p.m. due to the impact of the snow.
The heaviness and impact of the snow has also resulted in many broken branches throughout the city, many of which have fallen onto the streets. The city and all of Larimer county have dealt with power outages and have gone on accident alert. All residents are expected to drive with caution while on the road. People in motor vehicle crashes with only minor damage not involving an injury or suspected substance use should exchange their names, numbers, addresses, vehicle license plate numbers and insurance information. Each driver will then have four days to complete an accident report.
Originally, 9News predicted 2 to 5 inches of snow for the Fort Collins area. According to the National Weather Service, we should expect to see another 8 inches of snow between now and 2 p.m. tomorrow. We should expect to see the heaviest snow fall between 6 p.m. and midnight tonight, accumulating a predicted 4 inches during that time.
Predictions of snow for the Foothills and Estes Park are even heavier as they have already had 8 to 11 inches fall as of Thursday morning. Allenspark reported 10 inches as of 6 a.m. NWS predicts final totals of as much as 18 inches in the foothills and 24 to 30 inches in Estes Park, which may be more at the this time.
If you would like to stay updated with the storm, you can visit the Weather website.