Updated 8:22 a.m.
Tuesday's snow, the second snowstorm to sock Colorado in as many days, temporarily shut down part of I-70, snarled the morning commute and prompted both early closures of some schools and state offices in the Denver area.
Now we have to live with the cold. A bone chilling, scary pre-Halloween cold.
Snow is likely early in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon for most of the Front Range. Did I mention the cold? Plan on highs of 18 to 22 and even colder tonight.
"We're going for single digits to below zero to around zero," said Greg Hanson with the National Weather Service in Boulder. "So pretty pretty cold night coming up."
The advice from the Colorado Department of Transportation has been consistent all week: Stay home if you can. Wednesday morning is no different on that front.
If you do have to go out, you can expect icy conditions and snow packed surfaces. Roads will be still be an ice rink even with plowing and treatment because of that aforementioned cold.
Denver broke its record low max temperature yesterday with a high of only 18 degrees. The previous record was a toasty 25 degrees set in 1993. Colorado Springs didn't want to be left out of the low max fun. Folks there saw a high of 20 degrees. Their previous record was 24 degrees back in 1991.
"We actually set a new record low this morning at Denver International Airport," Hanson said. "We went down to 3 degrees — the previous record was 7 degrees."
Craig, in northwestern Colorado, saw a reading of -2 degrees before, I'm sure, their thermometer imploded from the cold.
Western Slope reporter Stina Sieg checked in to let us know that Grand Junction got its first snowfall of the year Tuesday night. They've also joined in the cold party, as she said it was 16 degrees at the moment, the coldest it’s been this fall so far.
Not to worry, though. This cold will pass.
"Of course today, very cold daytime temperatures to a lot of upper teens to around 20 and then we'll see a good warm up tomorrow," Hanson said. "Relatively speaking, It'll still be well below normal high temperatures on Thursday — but an improvement from what we're getting now."
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