Cold snap expected in Denver -- what is the record low?

DENVER - With frigid cold temperatures expected in the next few days, you may asking, just how cold is the record?

In Denver, the record is -29 °F, set on Jan. 9, 1875.

For the state, the record low temperature is −61 °F set in Maybell, in northwestern Colorado, on Feb. 1, 1985, according to 7NEWS Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson.

According to records kept by the National Weather Service, Denver has hit -20 or colder 29 times since records were kept in 1872.

All of those days were between Dec. 9 and Feb. 15.

The most recent day we hit -20 or below was Dec. 21-22, 1990 when Denver hit -21 and -25.

Don't worry, it won't get that cold this week.

Nelson forecasts the coldest temperature we'll see this week is -10, which could occur Friday morning.

Nelson said this week's cold snap is rare.

"Maybe every 10 to 15 years you get a cold snap like this," Nelson said. "The jet stream is coming straight down across the North Pole pulling this air into Colorado from Siberia. The pattern is just going to get stuck for several days."

Nelson said while it may warm up slightly this weekend, it may also snow again Sunday, followed by another shot of cold.

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