DENVER (CBS4) – After a string of days in the 50s and 60s in Denver, a new air mass has settled in to kick off the new month. Cold air began pouring into Colorado on Tuesday behind a powerful cold front. The cold was accompanied by areas of light to moderate snow.
If you think it’s cold now, wait until Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. As skies clear behind the initial snowstorm, temperatures are expected to drop below freezing for much of the state. Temperatures will not rise above freezing until Friday afternoon.
Please don’t forget about people, pets and pipes during this cold snap. Prolonged exposure to cold can lead to frostbite, hypothermia and, in extreme cases, even death.
Outdoor pets must go indoors or have adequate shelter with water that does not freeze. Outdoor workers and winter enthusiasts playing outdoors should consider the conditions and duration of exposure to low temperatures.
In addition to very cold air temperatures, we could see even colder wind chill readings as this storm moves on late Wednesday and early Thursday. Gusty winds from behind the storm could create wind chill readings low enough to trigger a National Weather Service warning.
If you have water pipes on the exterior walls of your home, such as a kitchen sink, you might consider leaving cabinet doors open to allow warmer air from inside your home to reach them. . You can also let the faucet drip to prevent the pipes from freezing.