Temperatures hit -15 in Denver Thursday, tying record low

DENVER — The snow came to an end in metro Denver Wednesday night, but that’s when temperatures began crashing to dangerously low readings.

The temperature in Denver at 9 p.m. was -7, which broke the old record for Dec. 4 of -5. And on Thursday morning at 6 a.m., temperatures plunged to -15, tying the record low for Dec. 5, which was set in 1972.

The frigid cold isn’t going anywhere, either. Forecasts in Denver did not call for a temperature above freezing until the middle of next week — at the earliest.

With that being the case, expect roads to remain snow covered and icy Thursday morning. Click here to check traffic in your area.

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It was not clear if the cold was causing the issues, but four different counties — most of them in the high country — were experiencing power outages along with the frigid temperatures Thursday morning. A scan of Xcel Energy’s website showed that residents in Nederland, Boulder, Bailey, Conifer, Evergreen, Idaho Springs, Black Hawk and Golden were among those experiencing outages.

There were also at least 10 school or district closures or delays Thursday morning that were indeed weather-related. One of those closures was Sandoval Dual Montessori School, which had to be shut down due to a burst water pipe.

As the day develops Thursday, most of the state was expected to have some sunshine and brief snow showers in few spots.

The temperatures are expected to 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.

More sunshine arrives on Friday, but temperatures still aren’t expected to break out of the teens. As the weekend develops, more snow is expected from Saturday night into Sunday with light accumulation possible.