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Forecast

Friday: Partly sunny with a high near 38 and a low around 20

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 50 and a low around 27

Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high near 49 and low around 31

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Snowflakes sticking to their jackets as Mother Nature worked to provide a fresh white blanket for Boulder on Thursday night, Ian Smith and Becky Manley stopped along the Pearl Street Mall to take pictures of the winter wonderland.

"We actually came out here to see the snow. It's pretty," Manley said of their Pearl Street walk. The couple recently moved to Boulder from the Denver area, originally from Washington, D.C.

Feeling a bit unprepared, Smith's first stop Thursday was at REI for a new coat and gloves.

Boulder's fresh snow Friday morning adds to almost 5 inches that had fallen by early Thursday in the Front Range's first real taste of wintry weather this season.

With the colder temperatures Thursday -- the high in Boulder was 34 -- roads are expected to be icier Friday, possibly making for a messy morning commute. Snowplows patrolled Boulder's thoroughfares Thursday night.

Boulder saw 4.6 inches of accumulated snow Wednesday night and Thursday morning, according to meteorologist Matt Kelsch.

Then, after temperatures warmed up a bit and some patches of blue opened up above Boulder, snowflakes began falling again around 6 p.m. Thursday. Up to 3 inches of snow were expected to accumulate by Friday morning from the second storm, according to the National Weather Service.

Eldora Mountain Resort doesn't plan to open until Nov. 16, but the Boulder County ski area's website noted that the mountain had received 5 inches of snow by Thursday morning and was expecting another 4 to 6 inches by Friday morning.

The city was briefly on accident alert Thursday morning, with several crashes and numerous cars sliding off roads and into medians. Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said while there were several accidents, none involved serious injuries.

Friday's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high near 38.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Mitchell Byars at 303-473-1329 or byarsm@dailycamera.com.