Update 5:50 am: As for 5:15 a.m., University officials announced that CSU will have a snow day Tuesday. All classes and events will be cancelled, although “CSU employees with emergency duties are asked to coordinate with their supervisors or directors to determine their work status,” according to an email sent to campus students and staff. Emergency employees include CSU Police, Facilities Management, Housing, Environmental Health Services and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Diagnostic Laboratories.
Update 4:30 pm: As of 4:20 pm Fort Collins Police have placed the city under accident alert, according to the police twitter account. Under accident alert, people involved in minor accidents, with no suspicion of alcohol or drugs and no injuries have four days to file the report to police.
Update 1:20 pm: The CSU Public Safety Team sent out a campus-wide email stating the University will stay open this evening. However, the snowstorm is still far from over, with majority of precipitation happening Monday night through Tuesday. The team will decide early Tuesday as to whether or not the weather will be bad enough for a snow day.
Original story: A strong pacific storm is slowly moving its way up the front range area of Colorado and is expected to drop six to 14 inches of snow on Fort Collins Monday and Tuesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning and expects heavy snow and severe weather with possible blizzard conditions.
According to the weather service, travel will become hazardous as the storm develops and roads may be closed. On Sunday, the Colorado Department of Transportation closed parts of I-70 in the mountains because of already hazardous conditions.
The wind is expected to reach 10 to 20 mph with gusts reaching possibly 30 to 35 mph in the plains.
In rare cases, Colorado State University has canceled classes due to weather concerns, however as of Sunday night, campus is to remain open. For overnight storms, the CSU Public Safety Team will make the decision by 5:30 a.m.
“Living in Colorado means living with snowy weather, and, unless weather is extreme and street crews are unable to keep up with clearing the snow, the University will likely stay open,” wrote University spokeswoman Dell Rae Ciaravola in a SOURCE article.
This is a developing story. Stay with the Collegian for more updates.