Snow ends in Denver, temperatures plunge and set new records for cold

DENVER — The snow came to an end in metro Denver Wednesday night, but temperatures were crashing to dangerously low readings.

The temperature in Denver at 9 p.m. was -7, which broke the old record for December 4 of 5 degrees below zero.

The frigid cold is going nowhere. It looks like Denver will not see a temperature above freezing until the middle of next week at the earliest.

Roads will remain snow covered and icy.

Temperatures Wednesday night will head below zero up and down the Front Range.  Denver’s record low for Thursday is -15 from 1972.

“Our forecast calls for an overnight low at -11 and if we get substantial clearing we could drop even lower putting the record in jeopardy,” Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser says.

Thursday we will have some sunshine and only a brief snow showers in few spots.

The temperatures will stay frigid with highs only in the single digits and teens.  And, a breeze out of the north will have wind chills running between 10 to 15 below…stay warm!

More sunshine arrives on Friday, but we stay in the cold teens.  As a matter of fact, we don’t look to reach freezing until the middle part of next week.  And, there is even more snow expected on Sunday with light accumulation possible.

The storm got off to a slow start Wednesday morning, with not much more than two inches of snow having fallen most parts of Denver and the surrounding suburbs. But by the end of the morning rush hour, between 3 and 5 inches had fallen on the Metro area before snowfall began to subside.

There was not much variation in accumulations across the I-25 corridor as of early Wednesday morning, either, with between 3 and 5 inches of snow being reported from Fort Collins to Castle Rock.

DIA reported that the airport received “just a trace of snow overnight,” and that there were few flight delays during much of the day.

Areas closer to the Foothills experienced a bit more snow, with our Dan Daru reporting between 4 and 6 inches of accumulation in Golden Wednesday morning.  Lyons also was reporting 5 inches of snow.

In the high country, Evergreen was not seeing as much accumulation as other areas, with the Jefferson County town reporting less than 8 inches of snow. The story was different at Loveland Ski Area, however, where over 10 inches was being reported.