Colorado shivering in wake of Arctic blast |

Colorado shivering in wake of Arctic blast

The Associated Press
and Aspen Times staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – A blast of Arctic weather has sent temperatures plunging into the single digits and below zero in the Denver area and up and down Colorado’s Front Range, turning roads treacherously icy and prompting school districts across the eastern part of the state to cancel classes.

School districts throughout the Denver area and in Boulder and Weld counties will be closed Tuesday because of the extreme cold and snow. Colorado state offices will open later, at 10 a.m.

And the weather isn’t expected to be much better Wednesday. The National Weather Service has issued wind-chill advisories through Wednesday morning warning that low temperatures across eastern Colorado will be single digits or sub-zero and feel like 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

In Aspen, snow fell into Monday evening, but the temperature was still close to 20 degrees at 8 p.m. Tuesday’s forecast called for snow and cold, with a high near 6 and wind chills as low as minus 15.

A winter weather advisory is in effect in the mountains surrounding Aspen through 6 p.m. Tuesday. Six to 12 inches of snow is possible, according to the National Weather Service.

On Tuesday night, the National Weather Service predicted a 40 percent chance of snow with mostly cloudy skies and a low around minus 13, with wind chills as low as minus 30.

Partly sunny and cold conditions, with a high near 4, were forecast on Wednesday, with wind chills as low as minus 25.

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