Arctic Air Blog: Tracking the dangerous cold

Highs Today
Posted at 2:37 AM, Dec 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-22 10:54:11-05

7 am Update: Snow Totals
Snow reports are starting to trickle in with around a half inch to an inch along the Highway 50 corridor and 1 to 3 inches through the Pikes Peak Region.

How cold is it today?
Arctic air with dangerous wind chills has invaded Colorado with negative temperature readings along the entire interstate from Wyoming to New Mexico.

Wind chills are broadly in the -10 to -40 degree range as of 6 am and could stay that cold through noon.

Current Pikes Peak Region Wind Chills

Current Southern Colorado Wind Chills

Current Wind Gusts

We are not expecting much of a temperature improvement throughout the day. Highs will likely stay near or below zero from Denver through Pueblo along I-25 and most towns east of the interstate.

Blizzard-like driving conditions have impacted roads in northern Colorado, west along the I-70 corridor to Silverthorne, and south along I-25 from Denver through Colorado Springs.

Driving is not recommended AT ALL this morning due to snow-covered roads and less than a mile of visibility.

Snow is expected to stop falling through mid-morning, but the roads will remain snow-covered all day due to the arctic air temperatures.

Denver International Airport Delays/Cancellations:
As of 5:30 AM, DIA is reporting around 60 delays and 300 cancellations. This data comes from Flight Aware.

In Case of Accident Alert Status:
This means that in the case of a traffic accident, all parties involved should agree to exchange information and report the accident individually if:

  • No one was injured or died.
  • Drugs and alcohol are not suspected as factors in the crash.
  • The wreck didn’t damage any public property, like road signs, utility poles, or guard rails.
  • It was not a hit and run.

If any of those factors are applicable to the situation, law enforcement should be contacted.