No snow day for CSU as winter storm blankets Fort Collins

Noah Pasley

There is no snow day in sight for Colorado State University students. The University continues operations through the evening, even with heavy snowfall from Winter Storm Bessie blanketing the Fort Collins area Tuesday. 

In a mass email from the Public Safety Team to CSU students and faculty, CSU resolved to continue all classes, events and activities as previously scheduled through Tuesday evening. In another email sent at 6:22 p.m., the Public Safety Team announced it would monitor conditions through Wednesday morning as temperatures drop into the single digits. 


These emails follow a formal request for a snow day submitted to University President Joyce McConnell by Ben Amundson, president of the Associated Students of CSU.

While CSU is not experiencing any cancellations, Thompson, Weld RE-4 and Poudre School Districts canceled after-school activities and athletics, according to an article from The Coloradoan. Rocky Mountain National Park visitor centers and Front Range Community College also had early closures at 3 p.m. 

According to another article from The Coloradoan, the weather station at CSU recorded 3.5 inches of overnight snow Tuesday morning.

New snow accumulations of 1-3 inches are expected in Fort Collins going into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a winter weather advisory for Fort Collins that is in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

In an email to The Collegian, Amanda King, director of communications for the City of Fort Collins, said tomorrow will be “business as usual.” King added that there have been no closures, service impacts or disruptions due to the storm. 

“We’ve not had any disruptions on transport due to weather, though we’ve seen high ridership, especially on routes servicing the CSU campus,” said Drew Brooks, director of Transfort and Parking Services, in an email to The Collegian.

Despite the assurances, students have reported late buses. 

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