Wednesday's highs should reach about 40 in Boulder under partly sunny skies, according to the National Weather service. But with breezy winds in the 13 mph to 23 mph, gusting as high as 34 mph, the wind chill could be as low as zero. Tonight, temperatures fall to about 26.
The few inches of snow that fell on Boulder late Monday night and early Tuesday boosted the season's total to 24.5 inches.Winter sports aficionados welcomed the snow, as a mild winter has left Boulder almost 3 feet short of the total accumulation at this time last year, according to meteorologist Matt Kelsch, of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
The storm dropped 2.9 inches of snow in Boulder, 4 inches in Louisville and just 1 inch in Nederland, Kelsch reported Tuesday.
Nonprofit ski industry trade organization Colorado Ski Country USA reported that all of the state's 21 ski and snowboard resorts received new snow, though the Front Range got the least of it. While resorts such as Steamboat, Powderhorn and Sunlight all reported at least 20 inches, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and Eldora all had fewer than 6 inches of snow.
For area ski rental companies, it was a small lift in an otherwise slow season. Earlier this month, Colorado Ski Country reported that from Oct. 17 through Dec. 31, 2012, there were 11.5 percent fewer total skiers than over that same period in 2011.
"It's been a tough year," said Lawrence Brewster, manager of Boulder's Crystal Ski Shop. "We're not concerned, but we're definitely tightening our belts."
The drought that Kelsch says threatens to leave Boulder well short of the season (September-May) average of 90.7 inches likely will continue.
"There aren't any forecasts right now of it ending anytime soon," Kelsch said.
February and March historically have accounted for more than 25 inches of snowfall, giving Boulder plenty of time to catch up. Last February alone accounted for more than 32 inches.
Sean Maher, executive director of Downtown Boulder Inc., said less snow is generally good for downtown retailers -- but only to a certain point.
"I think if it continues into a yearlong drought situation, it's going to start to impact tourism," Maher said. "The warm weather is a good thing, because people come out and walk the streets, but if it turns into a serious drought, then that's not good for anybody."