Bitter cold, snow impacts Denver and the Front Range

Posted at 9:35 AM, Feb 13, 2021

DENVER — Bitter cold and widespread snow has impacted the Front Range. The bone-chilling weather has settled in and it will stay bitter cold Sunday, with highs only around 0-5 degrees across the metro-area.

Overnight, expect lows to plummet to around 10 to 15 degrees below zero across the Front Range, with wind chill values at dangerous levels. A wind chill advisory still in effect for Denver until Monday morning.

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The extreme cold temperatures has impacted businesses and utility companies. The Platte River Power Authority called for customers in Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland to reduce use of electricity from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

The pandemic and single-digit temperatures disrupted Valentine's Day plans for some couples and business for restaurant owners, making it a holiday to forget. Restaurants in Larimer Square were limited to how many customers they could serve because outdoor dining was not an option amid freezing temperatures.

More snow will be possible by late Tuesday into Wednesday, but temperatures will not be nearly as cold. Highs will be around 20 degrees for Monday afternoon.

Denver7 Weather

Denver7 has the latest on the winter storm and its impact on the state in our live blog below:

Sunday, Feb. 14

3:26 p.m. — The Platte River Power Authority is calling for customers in Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland to reduce use of electricity from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Unprecedented cold weather and snow is causing a natural gas shortage and impacting availability of energy from Platte River’s solar fields and wind turbines, the utility said.

Customers within the four communities are asked to reduce demand by turning down the thermostat on heaters and postponing the use of dishwashers and clothes washers and electric dryers, or other electrical devices until further notice. Customers who require electricity to maintain their health or medical equipment may continue normal use.

2:07 p.m. — The Denver Zoo will be closed Monday due to the cold weather, the zoo announced in a tweet.

9:02 a.m. — A multi-vehicle crash on northbound I-25 south of Santa Fe snarled traffic for about an hour. No injuries were reported.

Saturday, Feb. 13

9:04 p.m. | The National Weather Service tweeted a map showing the expected snow amounts by Sunday afternoon:

6:14 p.m. — Broomfield is on accident alert due to current weather and road conditions. If you are involved in an accident where there are no injuries, and alcohol is not involved, you can make a report with Broomfield PD in a few days.

4:46 p.m. — Centura Health is postponing a scheduled drive-through mass vaccine event in Colorado Springs due to extreme weather. The event scheduled for Sunday at the Broadmoor World Arena has been rescheduled for Saturday Feb. 20 at the same location. Anyone scheduled to receive their vaccine at Sunday’s event will automatically be invited to receive their first dose on Feb. 20 at their originally scheduled time.

3:09 p.m. — The City and County of Denver and shelter partners are expanding overflow emergency shelter for persons experiencing homelessness. Men and transgender individuals can access additional overflow at the Lawrence Street Community Center, 2222 Lawrence St. Women and transgender individuals can access emergency shelter at 1370 Elati St.

11:30 a.m. — McClure Pass (CO 133) will close Saturday at 7 p.m. due to avalanche conditions. Crews will reassess Sunday morning.