Colorado snow forecast for Fort Collins and Colorado on Wednesday

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The winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service on Tuesday turned into a winter storm warning on Wednesday as the storm approached.

The warning is in effect from 2 p.m. Wednesday until 5 a.m. Thursday for Fort Collins, most of Larimer County and the foothills and Interstate 25 corridor from the Wyoming state line to near Castle Rock.

Here is an overview of what you need to know to prepare for snow:

Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor are on accident alert

Fort Collins Police Department announced around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday that the city was on what is called a “crash alert.” This means that anyone involved in an accident that does not include injury, alcohol or drugs, or an uninsured driver can report the accident online at https://dmv.colorado.gov/report-accident.

Otherwise, report an accident by calling 911.

Minutes later, Loveland Police also announced that the town was on crash alert. Windsor was also put on crash alert around 8:30 p.m.

Snow forecast calendar for Fort Collins

The National Weather Service has high confidence in the timing of the storm, with snow developing in the northern mountains early Wednesday morning.

Snow is expected to develop around Fort Collins, Greeley, Estes Park, Boulder and Denver between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. before moving to the eastern plains for the remainder of the afternoon and night.

The heaviest snowfall is expected from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., which could impact Wednesday evening and Thursday morning trips.

For updated road conditions, visit https://www.cotrip.org

—Miles Blumhardt

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How much snow should Fort Collins get?

Snow totals rose slightly in the National Weather Service’s latest forecast Wednesday morning.

The warning says 4 to 8 inches of snow is possible along the I-25 corridor with 6 to 12 inches possible in the foothills. Most mountains and ski areas are expected to receive 4 to 8 inches of snow, but some areas could reach 10 inches, according to the weather service.

Snowfall totals will depend on how long upslope conditions persist.

Here are the predicted snow totals:

  • Fort Collins: 4 to 6 inches. The weather service’s probabilistic snowfall forecast calls for 94% chance of more than 1 inch of snow, 84% chance of more than 2 inches, 33% chance of more than 4 inches, and an expected total of 4 inches.
  • Red Feather Lakes: 6 to 8 inches
  • Rustic: 4 to 8 inches
  • Col Cameron: 5 to 10 inches
  • Greley: 2 to 3 inches
  • Parc d’Estes: 3 to 4 inches
  • Rock: 6 to 8 inches
  • Denver International Airport: 4 to 6 inches
  • Denver: 4 to 6 inches
  • Stone Castle: 6 to 8 inches

—Miles Blumhardt

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