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The freeze will slowly ease, but more snow is coming

Another chilly night ahead, but milder days are coming!
Posted at 5:35 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 20:50:25-05

DENVER — After a bitter cold weekend and Monday morning, temperatures will gradually climb across Colorado over the next few days.

Temperatures bottomed out far below zero Monday morning, especially over eastern Colorado. Denver dipped to 16 degrees below zero, not quite the record for Feb 15th - that remains at 20 below, set in 1881. It was the coldest temperature in Denver since Feb. 6, 2014 when the temperature also dropped to 16 degrees below zero.

Even colder temperatures were recorded on the eastern plains. Limon hit minus 28 degrees and Sterling fell to 31 degrees below zero. The town of Crook, not far from Sterling sunk to 33 degrees below zero!

Tonight will still be very cold with lows dropping to the single digits above zero in Denver and 5 to 10 degrees below zero on the far eastern plains. Milder air of Pacific origin will replace the Arctic air over the next few days. This milder air will also bring some snow back into Colorado from the west.

The high country will start to see snow increase tonight and a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the mountains north of I-70. New snowfall through Tuesday could reach around 3 to 6 inches, with higher amounts possible for the mountains north of Rabbit Ears Pass

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Temperatures will actually climb back above freezing in the Denver area on Tuesday with readings reaching the mid-to upper 30s in the afternoon.

Light snow will be possible in Denver and along the I-25 Corridor by late Tuesday into Wednesday. Amounts will be in the 1 to 3 inch range, so not a major storm. Highs will be in the low 30s under a cloudy sky.

Skies will clear for Thursday with highs staying in the middle 30s.

By Friday, milder weather will return, with highs in the 40s, climbing into the low 50s next weekend!

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