It was a pretty nice day outside today, but things are going to change. There is a winter storm watch in effect for Northern Colorado that will bring snow and frigid temperatures to Fort Collins and the surrounding areas.

As of right now the forecast is calling for a possibility of 8-14 inches of snow when all is said and done, temperatures as low as 11-below zero and a lot of wind. Eek.

The NOAA forecast is calling for wind tonight, a high of 43 tomorrow with a chance for snow to start falling after 11AM, and then it's all downhill. There is a good chance for snow on Tuesday night, Wednesday and Thursday with high temperatures staying in the single digits and low teens and overnight lows dipping down as much as 11-below.

Basically....it's going to be cold.

Stay warm out there and here are some tips to avoid frostbite from Science Daily:

  • Dress appropriately.
  • Light, loose, layered clothing provides both ventilation and insulation. Top your outfit with a water-repellent (not waterproof) fabric.
    Additionally, check for gaps in your clothing (such as between your glove and sleeve) that might expose bare skin to the cold.
  • Take special care to protect your head, hands and feet. Substantial heat loss occurs through the scalp, so head coverings are vital.
  • Mittens are warmer than gloves, and two pair of socks (wool over lightweight cotton) will help keep your feet warm.
    If you plan on being out in the cold for a prolonged period, do not drink or smoke. Alcohol, caffeine and nicotine leave the skin more prone to thermal injury.
    If you get wet, get inside and remove the wet clothing as quickly as possible.
  • Check yourself every half-hour or so for signs of frostbite. If your toes, fingers, ears or other body parts feel numb, get inside.

If you do get frostbite, you should seek medical attention. Click here for more frostbite tips.

Don't forget to keep your furry friends warm too, these cold temperatures are not safe, even for 'outdoor' pets.

Oh, and make sure you have your snow shovel handy, according to City of Fort Collins:

Residents are required to shovel sidewalks within 24 hours of snow accumulating. If a sidewalk is not completely cleared of snow and the City shovels or applies ice melt, there will be a cost to the property owner.

Here is a video from the city about snow removal and how they prioritize plowing of city streets during a snowstorm.