BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – At Scott Carpenter Park along 30th Avenue in Boulder, about five inches of snow had fallen by Wednesday evening’s rush hour.

The hefty amount of snow prompted snowboarders, skiers and sledders to enjoy the conditions.

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Just west into the foothills, some areas received more than triple that amount. In Eldorado Springs, southwest of Boulder, 14 inches had fallen inside the canyon.

That wasn’t great news for visitors to Colorado like Larry Anderson of Minneapolis. He traded the cold for the colder.

“(It’s) terrible,” Anderson said, laughing. “Absolutely terrible. We were coming out for warm weather and beautiful park drives.”

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Still, there were opportunities for sightseeing, just not what he expected.

“Elk, deer, hopefully no cars going off the roads. We don’t want to see that. We want to see some wildlife and just the beauty of the place,” he said.

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Farther south in Denver, less snow had fallen, but traffic was still snarled on the city’s highways. A winter weather advisory was in effect for the city until 5 p.m.

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Temperatures plummeted to minus-1 in Denver at 7 a.m., and more records could be broken Wednesday and Thursday.