The cards and gifts will have to provide the warmth this Valentine’s Day because the sub-zero temperatures definitely won’t.
The single-digit temperatures along the Front Range were headed down Saturday night, to about 6 degrees below zero, and expected to barely creep above zero Sunday.
The Denver Rescue Mission was collaborating with the city of Denver and other organizations that work with people experiencing homelessness to make sure they weren’t left outside, spokeswoman Nicole Tschetter said.
Snow was forecast for Saturday night into Sunday. The totals will likely range from 3 to 6 inches, Scott Entrekin (of the National Weather Service in Boulder said.
An Arctic air mass that built up over the north-central region of the country is responsible for Denver-area’s first below-zero temperatures in 374 days. Feb. 5, 2020, was the last time temperatures went negative.
“We’re kind of on the fringe of that” Arctic blast, Entrekin said.
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The frigid weather was confined to the east side of the Continental Divide on Saturday because it was a shallow cold front. Entrekin said temperatures were in the 30s in mountain valleys in western Colorado.
However, an upper-level storm system moving east from the Great Basin was expected to send temperatures into the single digits on the West Slope Sunday.
A winter advisory was in effect until about 11 a.m. Sunday and a wind-chill advisory was issued through 11 a.m. Monday. The weather service said with wind, temperatures could feel as low as 25 degrees below zero.
Relief from the cold is in store after Sunday, with temperatures forecast to start climbing into the teens beginning Monday and reaching 30 degrees by Tuesday. That’s still below the normal high of the mid-40s for this time of year.
Helping the homeless during cold snap
The last couple of days, the Denver Rescue Mission has been close to reaching its combined capacity of 473 men in its two shelters, Tschetter said. The Rescue Mission is working with the city to provide additional space at a recreation center if needed.
Tschetter said the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and other organizations are going out to check on people to let them know where they can go to escape the cold.
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