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High winds and swirling snow hit Boulder County Wednesday morning, but the area was spared the type of blizzard conditions other areas of the state saw.
Local meteorologist Matthew Kelsch reported the city of Boulder received 2.8 inches officially, while Jim Kalina with the National Weather Service said he measured only about 2 inches of snow at the weather service in west Boulder.
National Weather Service spotters also reported 3 inches in Longmont, 2.2 in Niwot, 4.5 in Erie, 4 in Lafayette and 5.4 in Louisville.
It was a far cry from the forecast Wednesday morning, which called for as much as 8 inches of snow in Boulder and 4 in Longmont. Kalina said the mountains and winds may have dried out the storm locally.
"It seems like with these big storms, a lot of times Boulder gets missed," Kalina said. "We tend to sometimes be on the short end of the snow."
The foothills weren't quite as lucky, with 20 inches falling in Nederland and 16.5 in Jamestown.
Rain early Wednesday turned to snow in Boulder County at around 9 a.m., with winds gusting up to 30 mph in some areas, according to the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Boulder Valley, St. Vrain Valley and Adams 12 schools all canceled classes for the day, along with the University of Colorado's Boulder campus and Front Range Community College's Longmont campus. Front Range Community College also will be on a delayed start Thursday, with all campuses opening at 10 a.m.
Boulder opened the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, 4869 Broadway, during daytime hours Wednesday, while the Bridge House Path to Home, 2691 30th St., site opened early for severe weather shelter. Both will be open to full capacity overnight.
While it may not have been a lot of snow, the winds and low visibility still made for an interesting commute for those who braved the roads. Police reported traffic lights across the county that were either down or not visible due to the snow, with emergency crews also dealing with numerous crashes and slideoffs.
Xcel Energy reported rolling blackouts across Boulder, while an outage in Longmont had about 8,000 customers without power for parts of the morning.
Longmont Power and Communications spokesman Scott Rochat said the larger outages have been fixed, though he said crews were still addressing smaller, isolated issues. Rochat said the high winds are causing trees and branches to fall and also slapping power lines together.
"Given the weather here, that will be keeping our crews here for a while," Rochat said. "We're jumping on outages as quickly and as safely as we can."
But while Boulder County was certainly impacted, the area was actually spared the higher winds and snow totals other areas of the state saw, with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declaring an emergency and authorizing the activation of the National Guard.
Xcel reported 246,000 customers at one point without power, while Denver International Airport shut down all of its runways for only the fourth time in its history.
While there still might be some high winds, Kalina said Boulder County likely wouldn't see much more snow overnight, with the storm headed east past Interstate 25.
Thursday's forecast calls for cloudy skies with a high of 35 and an overnight low of 15, with a 20 percent chance of snow.
Friday's forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 42 and an overnight low of 21.
The forecast for the weekend calls for mostly sunny skies with highs in the 40s.