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Last Day of Year Marked by Snowfall in Boulder County, with a Chilly Start to 2019 Ahead

January 1, 2019
Lauren O'Neil and her son Shea, 7, have fun sledding in the fresh snow Monday at Scott Carpenter Park in Boulder.

Brrrrring on the new year.

A cold front dropped a few inches of snow in Boulder County on the last day of 2018, and the first day of 2019 will see more frigid temperatures before things warm up slightly later in the week.

After a mild weekend, snow began falling in the county on Monday morning, with several inches falling during the day.

As of 7:35 p.m., the National Weather Service reported upward of 3 inches in northwest Niwot and roughly 1.7 inches of snowfall in south-southwest Boulder.

Western Boulder County saw a variety of totals, with Nederland reporting 2.5 inches and the area around Brainard Lake getting about an inch of snow on Monday.

“There was a cold front that came through (Sunday) night, and obviously right now we have snow, which is going to make it colder,” said Natalie Sullivan with the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Sullivan said snowfall is expected to stop sometime overnight.

“It should be dry the rest of the week,” Sullivan said.

But the year will still get off to a cold start, even without snowfall.

“We’re looking at highs near 20, with windchill at or just below 0 for New Year’s Day,” Sullivan said. “For the night, we’re looking at lows around 7, with windchill again below zero.”

The high in Longmont is expected to top out at 17 degrees, in Boulder the mercury isn’t expected to climb above 18.

Sullivan said winds are expected to be near 10 mph in Boulder, which is actually lower than some other areas.

“It’s not as bad as in some of the other areas,” Sullivan said. “There will be higher wind gusts over Denver, so they’re going to see lower windchill value.”

But by Wednesday, temperatures in Boulder County should begin to warm up just a bit.

“By New Year’s morning temperatures are likely to range from 0 to -10 along the Front Range, coldest in areas that have snow cover,” local meteorologist Matt Kelsch said in an email. “But then by the Thursday-Saturday period dry, unseasonably mild, and occasionally windy weather will be in place.”

The National Weather Service calls for highs in the upper 30s on Wednesday, with temperatures hovering in the 50s for the remainder of the week.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars

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