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Coloradans brave frigid temps to usher in new year

Below 0 temps greet revelers on 16th Street Mall
Posted at 7:21 PM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2019-01-01 00:17:23-05

DENVER — As snow fell on the 16th Street Mall, families braved icy temperatures to usher in the new year.

Michael Livesi and his family are visiting Colorado from Houston.

"This is our first time here. So, we're pretty excited to have a white New Years," he told Denver 7's Tom Mustin.

His daughter Briley agreed.

"Do you like the cold weather?" asked Mustin "Yeah, because we get to see snow," she laughed.

But with single-digit temperatures and wind chills nearing 10 degrees below zero, New Years reveler Steve Smith went to the dogs for comfort —specifically his dog Giselle, which he carried in a child's front-pack.

"We're just trying to stay as warm as we can tonight," he laughed.

Kyle Higley and his daughters came down from Fort Collins to watch the fireworks.

"It's not too cold ?" asked Mustin. "No, not at all. These guys were born in Fairbanks, Alaska. So, they're used to it," Higley replied.

But when we asked the girls if they were warm enough, they shook their heads, "No."

But in the end, even a frigid blast from mother nature couldn't dampen the spirit as Colorado said goodbye to 2018 and hello to the new year.