GET READY FOR FIRST DEEP FREEZE

Temps could dip be­low zero for first time since 2015

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Kirk Mitchell by Thurs­day morn­ing. It will be the first be­low-zero tem­per­a­tures in Den­ver since Feb. 27, 2015, when the low was mi­nus-6, said Robert Koop­mein­ers, me­te­o­rol­o­gist for the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Boul­der. Koop­mein­ers cau­tioned res­i­dent

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.

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