Forecasters warned of frigid Front Range temperatures Sunday and urged residents to stay inside as low temperatures dipped well below zero at the start of the week.
Thermometers won’t rise above 2 degrees in Denver Sunday and temperatures are expected to drop to -11 degrees overnight, according to the National Weather Service at Boulder. The cold will continue Monday, then the region will start to warm up as the week goes on with highs in the upper 40s by Friday.
Metro area residents should stay inside as much as possible during the cold snap, said Kari Bowen, meteorologist at the National Weather Service at Boulder.
Wind chills — the temperature that it feels like outside — will hit lows of -25 or -30 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, she said. That’s cold enough to cause frostbite on exposed skin in 15 to 30 minutes, she said. Anyone who does go outside should be sure to bundle up, even for short trips. The city is under a wind chill advisory until 11 a.m. Monday.
“Definitely bring pets inside, and if you have livestock, take that into consideration and prepare in advance for those very cold temperatures,” she said.
Denver got about an inch of snow overnight into Sunday, and the region might see a few more flurries Sunday morning, but the snow will taper off as the day goes on, Bowen said. No more than an inch is expected to fall Sunday.
Denver International Airport recorded an overnight low of -10 degrees, Bowen said, which ties the coldest temperature on record for that 24-hour period, she said. That record was set in 1903.
“It’s not over,” she said. “We could go colder than that.”
Other record low temperatures recorded during this week in the past were in the -20s, she said.
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