Multiple power outages and downed trees followed a night of snowfall in Boulder on Wednesday.
Evan Direnzo, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Boulder office, reported that 4 inches fell overnight Tuesday and that the low overnight temperature was 30 degrees. The office said the total accumulation for the entire storm in Boulder was 5.6 inches. The area of the county with the highest accumulation was an area just west-northwest of Eldorado Springs, where 8.9 inches fell.
Meanwhile Xcel Energy’s electrical outage map showed that around 9:30 a.m. 6,548 customers had lost power in the Boulder area.
At about 7:30 p.m., the map showed about 1,700 customers in Boulder County were still affected, with almost all of them in Boulder.
Michelle Aguayo, an Xcel Energy spokesperson based in Denver, said that Boulder was on the hardest hit areas by the storm.
“We have added resources to the Boulder area to work on restoration,” Aguayo said in an email. “The majority of those customers who are currently impacted by outages in Boulder should have their electric service restored by 9 o’clock this evening, if not sooner.”
Craig Eicher, Xcel Energy’s area manager for the Boulder region, said that the outages were largely caused by snow-heavy trees toppling onto power lines.
“There have been a lot of them, causing both larger outages to our feeders and many smaller ones that affect only a few customers who are tied to the same fuse,” Eicher wrote in an email.
The city warned residents in a news release that the snowfall had caused significant damage to trees and dangerous conditions around the city.
The release urged residents to stay off the Boulder Creek path between 17th Street and Eben G. Fine Park because a large number of trees had fallen and were blocking the path. It also said that conditions were icy.
The city’s forestry team is assessing the damage the storm caused to publicly owned trees. The release stated trees would be cleared based on priority. Some examples of high priority issues include broken branches that are high off the ground and could injure a person if they fell unexpectedly, and blocked streets and multi-use paths.
A number of residents dealt with the storm’s aftermath Wednesday.
Polly Murray, of Boulder, said she and her two roommates were awakened around 2 a.m.Wednesday to a loud thump on the roof of their south Boulder home. The roommates discovered that a tree had fallen onto their roof and slid to the ground.
“Just went back out and looks like there may be a bit more damage than I initially thought,” Murray wrote in a Twitter message.
“Looks like the roof panels are bending a bit and the soffit seems to be out of place,” she wrote in a direct message to a reporter.
She said her landlord was contacted and that someone came by to examine the roof for damage.
here’s a tree that landed on our house last night pic.twitter.com/MpVfXuOlyH
— Polly Murray 🏢🌱 (@pollybmurray) September 9, 2020
Savannah Wiegand, a 21-year-old University Hill resident, said a massive branch that had collapsed under the weight of snow fell on her car and another person’s car.
She said she initially thought she had dodged a bullet because the branch had not yet fallen when she woke up.
Later, a friend told her the branch had fallen onto her car, which was parked near the intersection of Lincoln Place and College Avenue.
“It was kind of funny,” Wiegand said. “There wasn’t much damage, it didn’t go through the windows. It was just kind of funny because when we left there was nothing.”
Neighbors and friends helped her remove the branch from on top of the cars.
Residents who need to report an issue with publicly owned trees should report the issue to city staff by visiting Inquire Boulder, bit.ly/2FdVfSa.
Wednesday’s forecast called for a 50% chance of more snow before noon with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 40 and an overnight low of 33. There is a 20% chance of rain overnight.
Thursday’s forecast calls for a rain and partly sunny skies with a high of 54 and an overnight low of 40. There is a 40% chance of showers.
Friday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a chance of rain, a high of 70 and an overnight low of 47.
Weekend forecasts call for sunny skies with highs in the upper 70s and 80s.
Boulder County snow totals for Sept. 8-9 storm
- Boulder: 4-5.6 inches, depending on location
- Eldorado Springs area: 8.9 inches
- Erie: 1.7 inches
- Hygiene area: 1.5 inches
- Lafayette: 1.7 inches
- Longmont: 1.7 inches
- Louisville: 1.5 inches
- Lyons: 3-4 inches
- Nederland: 5 inches
- Niwot: 1.6 inches
- Superior: 1.5-2 inches
Source: National Weather Service Boulder
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Daily Camera intern Kiely Westhoff contributed to this report.