GET READY FOR FIRST DEEP FREEZE
Temps could dip below zero for first time since 2015
A blast of arctic air will lower temperatures to levels Denver residents haven’t experienced since 2015, prompting homeless shelters and road crews to gear up for icy roads and dangerously cold temperatures. The temperatures will plummet from the 50s on Monday to minus-5 by Thursday morning .
Care for a little brine and corn with your snow, Denver?
With bitter cold and snow on the way Tuesday into Wednesday, road crews will spread a mixture of brine and water that prevents ice from adhering to pavement, said Stacia Sellers, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokesman. This is the first year the city has used the solution, Sellers said.
Road crews will begin shifts at 3 a.m., she said. When it gets below 16 degrees, CDOT workers will use a different formula of magnesium chloride containing a corn-byproduct that works even below zero, Sellers said.
A blast of arctic air will lower temperatures to levels Denver residents haven’t experienced since the winter of 2015, prompting homeless shelters and road crews to gear up for icy roads and dangerously cold temperatures.
Temperatures will plummet from the 50s Monday to minus-5
“It should start snowing around rush hour,” he said.
The high temperature on Tuesday will be about 28 degrees. The chance for snow increases to 90 percent Tuesday night, when the wind chill factor will make it feel about minus-6 degrees, the NWS predicts. Snow is expected to continue into Wednesday, mostly before 11 a.m.
Anywhere between 1 and 3 inches of snow is expected by Wednesday morning, Koopmeiners said.
“I imagine driving to work will be crappy Wednesday morning,” he said.
Wednesday night will get very cold with a low of about minus-5.
The mountains could get up to 18 inches of new snow by Thursday morning, Koopmeiners said.
“The ski industry will be grateful for the snow. The foothills should get some snow too — up to 10 inches of snow is possible,” he said.