Heavy snow buries northern Colorado

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Fort Collins received nine inches of snow by late Monday night with more heavy snow forecast before sunrise Tuesday.

Decisions were expected early Tuesday about closings.

Because there was so much snow falling, city-run programs closed early Monday afternoon. So did Colorado State University.

That left many students looking for a place to go.

Many students crammed into coffee houses. In fact, business was booming at many coffee houses as students piled in looking for a hot beverage and a place to stay warm.

"I think it's like displacing a lot of people. I went to so many coffee shops today and they are all just totally packed," said Sarah Carlson a sophomore at CSU.

"This is probably the most snow I've seen in Ft Collins since we've been up here," said Julia Peterson, a sophomore at CSU.

But, not everyone was rushing inside.

Some students grabbed their shovels and built snow forts. Enjoying the white, fluffy powder.

"We were pushing the snow together with our snowboard and we thought it would be much cooler if we built a fort," said Roy Penny, a sophomore at CSU.

The Fort Collins Streets Department crews took the snow seriously and worked around the clock to try and keep the roads clear.

"We had our whole fleet out 22 plows," said Larry Schneider, with the Ft. Collins Streets Department.

City officials are monitoring weather conditions as well as the temperature of the pavement.

For many students, they're just hoping for another snow day Tuesday.

"I have an exam, so I am kind of crossing my fingers that it's canceled," said Peterson.

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