'It's extremely slick': Weather closures and delays include CSU, K-12 schools

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Slippery roads, driveways and sidewalks are creating tricky conditions Wednesday for anyone venturing outside.

The National Weather Service in Boulder said to expect light ice accumulations through midday, mostly in the foothills and the Interstate 25 corridor, transitioning to light snow after that.

Colorado State University students walk along a pedestrian path at CSU on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.
Colorado State University students walk along a pedestrian path at CSU on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.

The weather has prompted a few closures, as well.

The Coloradoan will provide live updates below on conditions and closures or delays.

CSU, PSD, Thompson to start late Thursday

Colorado State University will open at 10 a.m., while Poudre School District and Thompson School District will start 2 hours late.

CSU's delayed start applies to "all in-person, hybrid, remote classes, labs, events, work activities and meetings scheduled to begin before 10 a.m."

In PSD and TSD, all morning operations will run exactly two hours late, including bus routes and school start times.

For more details and information about all three delays, view this story.

Some Transfort routes near CSU campus stopping at 5 p.m.

The city bus system will be down a few routes as rush hour hits Wednesday evening.

Transfort announced that the 31, 32, HORN, & Foothills Shuttle routes will shut down at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

These routes primarily serve areas near the Colorado State University area to the west and south of campus, including the Foothills campus off Overland Trail.

Classes for the spring semester just began this week after the winter break, though the CSU campus already closed for the day at 3 p.m.

- Chris Abshire

More closures

The Gardens on Spring Creek and the Museum of Discovery will both close at 3 p.m.

City of Fort Collins recreation programs and classes that begin at 3 p.m. or later are canceled. Earlier, the city said recreation facilities would remain open but later announced they would also close at 3 p.m.

SummitStone Health Partners is also closing its offices at 3 p.m. Its Garcia House and Crisis Services facilities will remain open. Those in a behavioral health crisis should call 970-494-4200, or 911 if in a life-threatening emergency.

The Harmony Library is closing at 4 p.m, while other city libr

Transfort to resume service at 1 p.m.

The city's bus system, Transfort, plans to resume routes at 1 p.m.

"Buses will be slow-going and timetables will not be accurate," Transfort tweeted.

Check for updates at http://ridetransfort.com/bustracker.

Colorado State University students and staff make their way through campus on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.
Colorado State University students and staff make their way through campus on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.

CSU closing at 3 p.m.

Colorado State University is closing at 3 p.m., but class cancellations are already underway.

"Classes that are not already in session are canceled immediately to prevent students and employees from traveling to campus, and to give time for travel home," CSU posted on its website.

The closures include in-person, hybrid and remote classes and operations on all of its Larimer County campuses.

Thompson School District cancels after-school activities

Thompson School District announced all of its after-school athletics and activities were canceled just minutes after PSD's announcement. The district apologized for the inconvenience and cited inclement weather.

The cancellation includes athletic practices, after-school care programs hosted in Thompson buildings and events that are planned to be hosted at district facilities.

– Molly Bohannon

PSD cancels after-school activities

Poudre School District canceled all after-school extracurricular activities, events and athletics, citing inclement road conditions.

AlphaBEST after-school care will stay open, but the district is asking parents to pick up their children as soon as possible.

School release times and bus routes will continue as usual, though the district warned they may be delayed due to icy roads.

– Molly Bohannon

Skyler Potocek, of Denver, scrapes ice off her vehicle on South College Avenue on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.
Skyler Potocek, of Denver, scrapes ice off her vehicle on South College Avenue on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.

FRCC will close early after opening late

Front Range Community College's Larimer campus is canceling evening in-person classes, the college tweeted Wednesday morning.

All in-person classes after 4 p.m. will be canceled. Remote/online classes will operate as normal.

The college was already operating on a delayed start of 10 a.m. Wednesday.

City closes The Farm, recycling center

The Farm at Lee Martinez Park and the Timberline Recycling Center are closed Wednesday due to the weather conditions, the city of Fort Collins tweeted Wednesday morning.

Republic Services cancels routes

Trash hauler Republic Services, formerly Gallegos Sanitation, has notified customers that due to the icy conditions, they would not be operating routes on Wednesday.

That means trash service will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week, according to the website. This affects customers with trash pickup on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Transfort suspends service until noon

The city bus service Transfort is suspending all routes until at least noon Wednesday due to the road conditions.

The announcement was made at 9:41 a.m. via Twitter.

Check for updates at http://ridetransfort.com/bustracker.

Colorado State University students make their way through campus on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.
Colorado State University students make their way through campus on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.

Front Range Community College's Fort Collins campus starts late

Front Range Community College's Larimer campus was operating on a delayed start Wednesday, with opening set for 10 a.m.

All in-person classes starting prior to 10 a.m. were canceled, with the exception of classes that would still have 45 minutes or more of class time after 10 a.m. However, those classes will not start until 10 a.m.

Remote classes will operate as normal.

Fort Collins road crews de-icing

The city of Fort Collins posted on Twitter that crews were working to de-ice city streets.

It warned people not to drive if they don't have to, and if they do, to reduce your speed and use "serious caution."

The city also warned bridges and underpasses would be especially affected by the ice.

PSD, Transfort warn of transportation delays

Poudre School District and Transfort, the city bus system, said some routes may run late due to the icy conditions.

Transfort urged riders to watch for cancellations at http://ridetransfort.com/bustracker.

Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor on 'accident alert'

Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor are all on accident alert, which means drivers involved in a crash without injuries or suspected drug/alcohol use can exchange insurance and contact information and complete an online report without having to wait for law enforcement to arrive.

Report crashes at https://dmv.colorado.gov/report-accident.

Fort Collins Police Services warns drivers, if they must travel, to take it slow. "It's extremely slick."

Interstate 25 between the Windsor and Harmony Road exits was closed briefly Wednesday morning due to a crash.

The forecast: Uncommon freezing drizzle forecast to create slick roads, sidewalks and driveways Wednesday

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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