More than 6 inches of snow fell overnight, starting around 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and continuing into early Christmas morning, setting a record for snowfall in Boulder on the holiday.

Boulder meteorologist Matt Kelsch said the 6.7 inches of snow that fell last night and this morning broke a record of 5.9 inches set in 2007.

It's not a record for the most amount of snow on the ground on Christmas Day, Kelsch said.

Snow from storms a few days before Christmas left more than a foot on the ground on Christmas Day in 1982 and 2006, Kelsch said.

However, the snowfall was more than enough to deliver the hoped-for white Christmas.

Downtown Boulder was nearly deserted Tuesday morning, with little traffic on the streets, but the sledding hill at Scott Carpenter Park was crowded with families taking advantage of the snow.

Emily Avila, 9, and her brother, Saul, 5, were excited to wake up and see the snow on Christmas morning and take their snowboard and sled for a spin.

For Yaal Lester, an Israeli postdoctoral fellow in biomedical engineering at the University of Colorado, and his 3-year-old daughter, Haleli, the day itself carried less significance but the snow was still welcome and relatively novel.

"Maybe not a white Christmas, but a nice white holiday to play in the snow," Lester said as Haleli piled snow into a snowman.

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The high today should be in the low 20s, according to the National Weather Service.

Skies should be partly cloudy throughout the day. Overnight temperatures will be quite cold, with a low between 3 and 7 degrees, the weather service said.

Temperatures should remain cold through the week, with a high around 30 on Wednesday and Thursday and in the upper 20s on Friday, the weather service said.

There is a 20 percent chance of more snow on Wednesday and Thursday, the weather service said.