Colorado Governor Jared Polis activated the National Guard to assist with the extreme cold. There will be 100 members of the National Guard to support operations across the state.
The temperature in Denver will drop to around 13 below zero starting Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Boulder. The high temperature on Thursday is expected to be around minus 2. The NWS said the last time Denver had a high below zero was Feb. 5, 2014.
Wind chills will make the weather even more extreme. By Wednesday night, the NWS said, wind chills will be “dangerously cold” — about minus 32 in Denver and minus 50 in the northeast plains of Colorado. At that temperature, frostbite can occur on exposed flesh in 10 minus or less.
The high temperature Friday is likely to be in the teens, then warming over the following days. On Christmas, the NWS is forecasting a high of about 51.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has useful information at this link for spotting and treating hypothermia and frostbite.
(Three recreation centers, however, are currently being used to shelter migrants who arrived in the city in recent weeks. According to a Dec. 19 press release from the Denver Office of Emergency Management (OEM), 408 migrants are currently sheltered at Denver recreation centers. Since Dec. 9, the city has assisted more than 1,100 migrants, Denver OEM said.)
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