A major spring snowstorm brought record snowfall to the Boulder area, and with temperatures expected to fall to near-record levels overnight Sunday morning's commute could be a messy one.

The city of Boulder officially recorded 10.6 inches of snow, breaking the old record of 9.4 inches set in 1929, according to Boulder meteorologist Matt Kelsch.

The statue of Chief Niwot on the Pearl Street Mall, wearing a blanket of snow from Saturday’s storm.
The statue of Chief Niwot on the Pearl Street Mall, wearing a blanket of snow from Saturday's storm. (Cliff Grassmick)
Boulder is also now above its average snowfall for the month. The 10.6 inches put the city at 22.7 inches for March. The city's average snowfall for March is 17 inches.

According to National Weather Service spotters, Nederland saw about 11 inches of snow, with Broomfield and Louisville recording about 10. Longmont and Niwot saw about 7 inches of snow.

Meanwhile, the storm was dumping much needed moisture across a state that needed it in the worst way, heading into the spring with mountain snowpack levels well below average, reservoirs depleted and the state suffering varying stages of drought conditions with a heightened danger of wildfires.

Although much of Colorado is seeing at least some snow, it is most intense on the Front Range north of the Palmer Divide, and across the northeastern plains.

"The whole northeast corner of Colorado is getting a lot of snow out of this," said Kelsch.

The storm arrived about 3 p.m. Friday, with snow accumulations initially limited on both the ground and road surfaces by the warmer temperatures of recent days. However, as night set in and temperatures started to dip, the flakes started piling up fast, leaving Boulder County and the rest of the Front Range under a blanket of white.

The snow has wreaked havoc on weekend commutes and activities across the Front Range. Denver International Airport reported 223 total flight cancellations, and several accidents were reported along Pena Boulevard.

The City of Boulder went on accident alert at 11 p.m. Friday, and remains on that status, while Boulder is under a winter storm warning.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has postponed girder installation on the Wadsworth Parkway bridge -- and the U.S. 36 lane closures that would result -- until Sunday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Also, the Lafayette Easter Egg Hunt, originally set for this morning, has been rescheduled for March 30, due to adverse weather conditions.

But that's not to say everyone stayed inside during the snow. The hill at Scott Carpenter Park off of 30th Street and Arapahoe was packed with sledders and tubers taking advantage of the snow.

Brett Hall stood at the top of the hill as his daughter Kinsey, 9, and son Eli, 7, were among those sliding down the hill.

"The kids were pretty excited," Hall said. "We come when it snows heavy, so we get three good times in a year."

Kinsey ran into some equipment trouble when her plastic sled broke.

"I was standing on it," she said.

But she made do and went down the hill anyway, one of the broken pieces under her hands, another under her knees.

"She makes it work," Hall said. "It'll probably be in 16 pieces by the time we leave."

Eli also said he like sledding, though he did add that didn't necessarily mean he was a big fan of all the snow.

"I don't like the cold," he said.

Unfortunately for him, that is exactly what is coming tonight, with the National Weater Service calling for a near-record-low temperature of 8.

"The record (low) is 2, set in 1965," said Kelsch. "We're going to get close to that, but we'll probably stay above that."

There will be a 20 percent chance of snow Sunday, with highs near 27. There is a greater chance of snow later in the day Sunday, although significant additional accumulation is not expected.

Monday is expected to be partly cloudy, with temperatures in the 30s. The cold spell should linger through at least Wednesday, before temperatures start to climb again, Kelsch said.