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Protracted period of extreme cold settles in on the Mile High City

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While Denver is enjoying some light snow from the storm system that moved in yesterday, the real story is and will continue to be the cold. Bitter cold temperatures will linger through the foreseeable future and it may be the middle of next week before the mercury climbs above freezing.

For Wednesday snow is falling across much of the area this morning and will continue to do so. Look for it to start to taper off by early afternoon. Accumulations have been in line with what we forecast leading up to the storm with 2 to 6 inches total accumulation in the Denver area being the norm.

As we noted before, when we experience this type of extreme cold, significant snowfall is rare.

Temperatures today are not going to warm very much above the morning lows. Look for highs in the metro area right around 10 degrees with windchill temperatures below zero.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the Denver metro area until 6:00 p.m. although that may be lifted before that time. Up in the high country, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the same period.

Overnight tonight the skies are going to clear some and as they do our blanket of “insulation” will disappear. This is going to lead to an extraordinarily cold night with lows dropping to -7 degrees or so.

Thursday is going to remain bitterly cold with highs only around 10 degrees, again with windchill temperatures being below zero. Friday will bring some relief, if you call temperatures in the teens, “relief.”

Conditions will be drier though and we should see some sun. Another reinforcing shot of cold air moves in this weekend keeping temperatures in the teens and bringing another chance for snow.

Right now it looks like it could be next Wednesday before the mercury in Denver climbs above freezing.

With the extraordinarily cold temperatures Colorado will be seeing, precautions should be taken:

  • Ensure you and your children are appropriately dressed starting this morning with layers of clothing capable of withstanding dangerous cold and windchill temperatures.
  • Be sure your vehicle has a good battery, windshield washer fluid, antifreeze protection, adequate tires and an emergency kit.
  • Your home should have any exterior hoses disconnected, exterior plumbing should be drained or well insulated and the furnace should be in proper operating condition.
  • Do not forget about the four-legged creatures among us. Pets and livestock need to have adequate shelter during this type of extreme cold and should not be left exposed.

Our Winter Weather Preparedness series provides invaluable information and education on the winter weather hazards that are coming:

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