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Emergency crews responded to car accidents across Boulder County after sundown Tuesday as an Arctic cold front moved into the area and fresh snow accumulated on roadways.

Although the flakes were expected to stop falling long before the daylight hours Wednesday, forecasters warn an icy commute is likely.

Meteorologist Matt Kelsch said the city of Boulder received 1.8 inches of snow as of 9 p.m., and he wasn't expecting more to accumulate by morning.

"The stars are out here," he said at about 9:30 p.m.


Kari Bowen, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Boulder, said that while most lower-elevation areas in Boulder County should wake up to about 1 to 2 inches of snow, mountain areas could see 3 to 6 inches.

Bowen warned the bitter cold night — with a low temperature of 8 degrees forecast for Boulder — could result in icy, slick roads this morning in spite of salt trucks and plows working to clear them.

"Definitely be prepared to go a little slower in the morning," she said. "Just give yourself a little more time."

Boulder went on accident alert shortly after 6 p.m Tuesday, according to police officials. The alert means that drivers involved in non-injury accidents are asked to exchange information and move on as police respond to more serious incidents.

On Wednesday afternoon, mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 40s or low 50s are expected, Bowen said.

Thursday evening again is expected to bring freezing temperatures and a chance of snow.

"The next storm brings snow Thursday afternoon and Thursday night, with the best powder on Friday morning," meteorologist Joel Gratz posted at "A stronger storm will move in Friday night and last through the weekend."

Camera Staff Writer Mitchell Byars contributed to this report. Contact Camera Staff Writer Joe Rubino at 303-473-1328 or