Fort Collins braces for another spring snowstorm


Update: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday: The National Weather Service is now calling for 8 to 12 inches of snowfall for Fort Collins.

A major spring snowstorm is expected to blow through the state Wednesday evening, triggering a winter storm warning for the western mountains of Larimer County and a winter storm watch for Fort Collins.

While mountain regions west of Fort Collins are expected to see over a foot of snow, meteorologists roughly agree the city will see 4 to 9 inches of snow, with 7 inches being where the more consensus.

Watch and warning

The winter storm warning runs from 6 p.m. Wednesday to midnight Thursday with 12 to 20 inches of snow expected.

The winter storm watch runs from midnight Wednesday until 6 p.m. Thursday.

In Wyoming, there is a winter storm warning through Thursday for the Interstate 80 corridor from Laramie east past Sidney, Nebraska, with 6 to 8 inches of snowfall expected.

Drivers should expect snowy and slippery roads in the Watch and Warning Zones.

Total snow forecast

Here’s a look at what different weather forecasters are predicting for Fort Collins:

  • National Weather Service: 6-8 inches
  • Marty Coniglio (9News): 4-9 inches
  • Dave Fraser (Fox31): 7 inches
  • Chris Tomer (Channel 2): ​​6 inches
  • Lisa Hidalgo (Chain 7): 4-8 inches
  • Dave Aguilera (channel 4): 7 inches

All generally call for around 14 inches of snow for Estes Park and 16 inches for Red Feather Lakes.

Fort Collins snow season

  • Wednesday: The weather service announces a 100% chance of precipitation with rain probably between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., then snow, sometimes heavy after 10 p.m. Snow accumulation should be 3-5 inches possible with wind gusts to 28 mph. Maximum of 51 degrees and minimum of 25.
  • Thusday: There is a 90% chance of precipitation with further snowfall accumulation of 2-4 inches possible during the day. There is a 60% chance of precipitation overnight with a chance of an additional 1-2 inches of snow with winds blowing at 22 mph. Maximum of 34 degrees and minimum of 16.
  • Friday: The chance of snow decreases to 20% before noon, then clear and sunny with highs near 45 degrees and lows of 21.
  • On Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 54 and a low around 27.
  • Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61 and a low around 32.

Easter Surprise: The storm drops impressive snow totals

April snow

April is one of the snowiest months in Fort Collins with an average of 6.2 inches, which we will likely exceed with this storm. The 4.5 inches we received on Sunday and Monday plus 1.4 inches on April 2 pushed us to 5.9 inches of snow for the month.

We’re sitting at 61.6 inches of snow on the year. Our average is 55.8 inches, according to the Colorado Climate Center.

Boulder received more than double the snowfall and sits at 134.3 inches of snow Wednesday, the fifth most snowfall in a season. The record of 143.2 inches could be broken with this storm when the city is expected to receive 8 to 12 inches of snow.

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Measure the weather

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Volunteers are weather watchers of all ages and backgrounds who work together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities through inexpensive measurement tools, training and education. .

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