A snow plow heads north on Ninth Street in Boulder on Thursday.
A snow plow heads north on Ninth Street in Boulder on Thursday. (Cliff Grassmick / Daily Camera)

Boulder resident David Street took a moment to admire the clear, twilight skies over Scott Carpenter Park as his 9-year-old son, Arthur, and a school friend took another run down the sledding hill.

Originally from Toronto, Street said he appreciates the winters here and how snowstorms like the one that moved through Boulder on Wednesday night can be sandwiched between warm, sunny days, as forecasters are predicting this week.

"I like it. It's beautiful," he said Thursday afternoon of the more than 5 inches of new snow Boulder had received overnight. "I didn't mind having a little intermission there either with the nice, balmy weather. It's Colorado, so you just go with the flow."

Street and the two boys were among about 20 sledders on the Scott Carpenter Hill at 5 p.m.

Boulder saw 5.2 inches of "fluffy" snow fall late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, according to meteorologist Matt Kelsch, but sunny skies and newly calibrated city snow plows meant it didn't stick around long in most places.

"It was, as most people noticed, very fluffy," Kelsch said, noting the entire storm only produced about 0.2 inches of liquid.

Boulder officials first deployed the city's 16-plow fleet at 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to public works spokesman Mike Banuelos, and those plows set out on a second 12-hour shift at 11 a.m. Thursday.

After being criticized by some for inadequate plowing following an 11.5-inch snowstorm earlier this month, Banuelos said the city recalibrated its plows to push harder and better remove snow and ice from streets.

The city did not field any major complaints this time around, Banuelos said.

"Everything we've been hearing thus far has been positive," he said Thursday morning.

At Scott Carpenter, 11-year-old Tanner Knapp did his best to take out his dad, Fred, with some aggressive sledding tactics.

"I'm going for speed and trying to knock him off his sled," said Tanner, who pointed out it was dad's idea to go sledding after the kids got out of school.

Mom, Heidi Knapp, and little sister, Kiara, 6, also enjoyed some sledding and the very Colorado combination of snow and sun.

"I think it's a great thing to do to end the day," Heidi Knapp said. "A little family bonding. Blow off some steam."

Eastern Boulder County also saw 3 to 5 inches of snow from the storm, while Longmont and Nederland received 1 to 3 inches, Kelsch said.

Banuelos said the city at 11 p.m. Thursday would assess road conditions before determining if some plows should remain on duty overnight, working to address potentially icy areas for the morning commute.

Friday's forecast calls for sunny skies with a high in the low 50s, according to the National Weather Service, as warmth returns following the snow.

Saturday is expected to be sunny with a high near 57 degrees, and Sunday should again be sunny with a high near 50.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Joe Rubino at 303-473-1328 or rubinoj@dailycamera.com.