Boulder, Longmont Spared Worst of Wednesday’s Wintry Storm
Boulder and Longmont were spared much of the winter weather that struck Colorado on Wednesday.
“For the most part, Boulder did not receive as much snow as Fort Collins and the eastern parts of Colorado,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Paul Schlatter.
“The reports we got for Boulder were generally less than 2 inches and Longmont up to an inch,” as of about 7 p.m., Schlatter said
Boulder and Longmont could get as much as another inch overnight into Thursday, but the storm would clear out from there and high temperatures could reach about 40, he said.
He said the storm that passed through Colorado met the technical definition of a “bomb cyclone” because of how much surface pressure dropped over a 24-hour period. The storm was not, however, as nasty as the blizzard that struck the area on March 13 and was later determined to be the strongest storm on record in Colorado .
The weather service reported 9.5 inches of snow in Winter Park, 6 inches near Nederland and 4.4 inches in Jamestown.
Wednesday’s storm did lead to closings , including some classes at Front Range Community College’s Longmont Campus and evening classes at the University of Colorado Boulder. The Boulder Valley, St. Vrain Valley and Adams 12 school districts canceled after-school activities, and the St. Vrain Valley school board meeting was postponed.
Erie and Dacono closed offices early and courts in Broomfield and Weld counties closed early because of the weather.
Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Shoshana Lew asked residents to try and take advantage of the various early closures to avoid the evening commute.
“You should stay off the roads if you can,” Lew said during a Wednesday afternoon media conference call. “Be safe, make safe choices, stay home or shelter in place.”
Gov. Jared Polis activated the Colorado National Guard on Tuesday to respond to any requests from state and local jurisdictions to rescue any motorists who might have become stranded. The activation included 50 soldiers.
On the state’s Eastern Plains, the storm closed Interstate 76 from Lochbuie to the Nebraska state line due to extreme weather conditions.
“Reopening is up to Mother Nature,” the state patrol tweeted.
Colorado 34 also was closed from Kersey to I-76.
State officials closed both directions of Interstate 70 between Copper Mountain and Frisco following multiple crashes west of the city, authorities said.
In Boulder traffic was not greatly impacted, but Longmont and Boulder County were on accident alert Wednesday night, which means anyone involved in a property damage crash with no injuries that is not blocking traffic and doesn’t involve drugs or alcohol is asked to exchange information and report the crash later.
Schlatter said a warming trend is expected over the next couple of days, not uncommon for Colorado springtime, and by the weekend highs could be in the 60s.
“Bright blue skies and fantastic weather by the weekend,” he said.
The Denver Post contributed to this report.
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