It's beginning to feel a lot like winter.
While Fort Collins missed out on a Christmas snow, a New Year's Eve storm blanketed the city in several inches of glittery white snow by New Year's Day. The official Fort Collins weather station on the Colorado State University campus recorded 7 inches of snow as of nearly 8 a.m. Saturday, with most of that falling Friday.
A recorded weather message for the station called it "the best snow we've had in a long time." As of 7 p.m. Friday, the storm brought Fort Collins' total snow for the season to 7.2 inches, "still well below the average of 19.9 inches by the date but a big improvement," the message said. By 7 p.m. Saturday, 1.4 more inches had fallen, according to Sunday morning's report.
In Louisville and Superior, which were devastated by Marshall Fire, up to 10.6 and nearly 8 inches of snow were reported, respectively, according to Saturday morning snowfall reports to the National Weather Service.
Fort Collins forecast
Flakes were still falling lightly in Fort Collins New Year's Day morning, with less than half an inch of new snow expected in the city during the day, according to the weather service's forecast. And unlike some of the city's snows, it's not going to melt right away.
Saturday's high is forecast to reach just 16 degrees, according to the weather service. The low? Minus 1 degree. Those temperatures feel even frostier with wind chill values reaching as low as minus 9 during the day and minus 12 overnight.
Sunday, temperatures are forecast to warm up to a high near 36 and a low of about 11, but wind chill values could reach as low as minus 11 during the day and zero at night.
Fort Collins' next chance of snow is forecast for Wednesday.
Colorado snow totals
Below are Saturday morning's reported snow totals on the National Weather Service's snowfall reports map:
Fort Collins: 6 to 8.1 inches
Loveland: 4.3 to 9.9 inches
Berthoud: 7.4 inches
Longmont: 4.3 to 7.3 inches
Boulder: 7 to 11 inches
Louisville: 8.7 to 10.6 inches
Superior: 7.9 inches
Denver: 4.6 to 5.8 inches
Denver International Airport: 5.6 inches
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