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Fort Collins preparing for winter storm; Drivers should expect winter road conditions; Several City facilities closed this weekend

Released on Friday, March 12, 2021
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Review winter storm preparedness tips from Larimer County.

Revise los consejos de preparación para tormentas de invierno del condado de Larimer.

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The City of Fort Collins is preparing for heavy snow forecast this weekend, and residents are encouraged to prepare for the storm ahead of time as much as possible.

As of Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Boulder is forecasting around 20 inches of snow for Fort Collins over the course of the weekend. Travel is expected to be difficult throughout the duration of the storm.

The City’s Streets Department continues to prepare for the storm and will be plowing from when the snow begins until roads improve. Plowing is performed in accordance with the City’s prioritization plan, which focuses on main roads and streets with community infrastructure like emergency services and schools.

Residents are encouraged to avoid driving this weekend if possible. If you must travel, ensure your car is prepared for winter weather and carry an emergency kit.

Drivers should always maintain a safe distance from plows – it is difficult for plow operators to see close vehicles and plows can make sudden moves. Never pass plows on a two-lane road. On a multi-lane road, plows should be passed on the left.

Following the storm, residents are reminded that shoveling snow into the street is not only illegal – it creates a hazard and negates the work of City Streets crews. Residents who need assistance with shoveling can contact Neighborhood Services’ Adopt-a-Neighbor program at https://engage.fcgov.com/d/CDNS/ or call 970-224-6046 during business hours. Residents can also volunteer to help neighbors at https://engage.fcgov.com/d/CDNS/.

Due to the high snow totals forecast, the City has additional contractors and equipment on standby if needed. City-maintained sidewalks may take extra time to clear, as large amounts of snow may necessitate additional equipment.

The Streets Department typically does not plow residential streets unless snow completely blocks vehicle movement. A decision on plowing residential streets with this storm has not yet been made. To learn more about snow and ice control in Fort Collins, visit https://www.fcgov.com/streets/.

In addition, the Traffic Operations Department is advising drivers that sometimes high snowfall and wind can cause traffic signal heads to become blocked by snow. At intersections where that occurs and drivers cannot tell what color the signal is showing, drivers should treat the signal as a stop sign and proceed when safe to do so.

Drivers involved in non-injury, non-drug/alcohol-related crashes may exchange information and report accidents online in lieu of waiting for a police response. Information is available at https://www.fcgov.com/police/accidents.

Updates about the storm will be posted to the City’s social media channels.

As of Friday afternoon, the following City facilities have announced closures:

  • Timberline Recycling Center: The TRC will be closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Cultural Facilities: The Gardens at Spring Creek, the Lincoln Center, and the Museum of Discovery will be closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Parks and Recreation: All facilities will be closed Saturday and Sunday, and weekend programs have been canceled or postponed
  • Natural Areas: Soapstone Prairie and Gateway are closed Friday through Sunday. The Cathy Fromme Prairie parking lot off Fromme Prairie Way, the Pineridge lower parking lot off CR 42C, and the Reservoir Ridge parking lot off CR 23 are also closed Friday through Sunday.

Any additional closures will be added to this press release.