A storm dumped almost 2 feet of snow on Boulder, practically shutting down entire sections of the county as Thanksgiving approaches.
Boulder meteorologist Matt Kelsch said the city received 22.3 inches of snow as of 1 p.m.
— Matthew Kelsch (@mattkelsch) November 26, 2019
Kelsch said 20.7 inches of the storm fell after 5 p.m. Monday and therefore go toward the total for Tuesday, a total that easily breaks the snowfall record of 13 inches for Nov. 26 set in 1959.
Elsewhere in the county, meteorologist Greg Byrd reported Longmont saw 14 inches of snow, while National Weather Service spotters reported 16 inches in Louisville, 13 inches in Erie, 12 inches in Lafayette, 23 inches in Lyons, 24 in Jamestown and 14 inches in Broomfield.
The snow prompted numerous closures and delayed openings across Boulder County and across the state while also making for a rough morning commute. At one point, two RTD buses in Boulder became stuck trying to navigate Broadway near Arapahoe Avenue, creating a roadblock heading up to the University Hill area.
It was a tough day for lengthy holiday trips as well, with a temporary closure on Interstate 70 heading west and delays and cancellations at Denver International Airport. But by midday, Boulder resident Kyle Frost said it looked like the worst was over.
“Flights are leaving, so I’m hopeful,” Frost said, as he awaited a flight to sunny Southern California.
Frost said when he went to sleep on Monday he didn’t think it would be much of a problem.
“I woke up this morning and there was a quad-high drift at my door,” Frost said.
And so Frost and his girlfriend had to get creative with the first and last segments of their commute and donned skis to get to the bus stop and make their way downtown.
“Neither of us felt like driving, and the cars were kind of buried,” Frost said.
Frost’s girlfriend works near the downtown transit center, so she went off to work while he got a transfer to head to DIA.
“I dropped off my skis with her and jumped on a bus,” Frost said.
Services for the elderly have also taken a hit during the storm, with both Boulder and Longmont Meals on Wheels locations closed.
Both organizations said that they would resume operations on Wednesday.
Angela Cortez, a spokeswoman for AARP Colorado, said that, during inclement weather when services are not available, folks should consider stepping in to help out their elderly neighbors.
“Consider shoveling their walks and doing things like that for your neighbors, because… in times like this we all have to be vigilant about the older people who live in our neighborhood and make sure they’re alright and make sure they’re warm,” she said.
Longmont resident Ann Webber, 74, confirmed that heavy snow like Tuesday’s can be quite the problem for the elderly. She said that she faces these issues, as well, and stocked up on groceries before the storm.
“They also flat out just don’t leave their homes,” she said. “And so they have to be really diligent about keeping supplies in their homes.”
Weber added that often her friends will have neighbors help them, as well.
“If you can find someone to clear your sidewalks, or even your driveway, and your heater works, you know, then you feel okay about it,” she said. “But if any of those things don’t fall into place, it can really create a lot of anxiety.”
For residents experiencing homelessness, both the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and HOPE in Longmont will be open tonight.
Wednesday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high of 26 and an overnight low of 14, with windchill as low as -2.
Thursday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high of 36 and an overnight low of 24, with a 20% chance of snow.
Friday’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 40 and an overnight low of 23, with a 70% chance of snow.
Five-day forecastCheck out what weather is in store for the Boulder County area hereNational Weather ServiceSee what the National Weather service is predicting here24-Hour satelliteWatch NOAA’s 24-hour satellite image hereReal-time conditionsSee what Boulder’s weather is like now at the National Center for Atmospheric Research here