Record-breaking temperatures invaded Colorado on Saturday, December 17, 2016, as deadly winter storm engulfed much of the country.
A cold front, fresh snow and clearing afternoon skies allowed for record low temperatures for December 17 to 18 across Northern Colorado, the National Weather Service said.
With -26 °C (-15 °F) on December 17, Denver broke its previous record of -25 °C (-13 °F) set in 1909. The coldest high temperatures for December 17 is -16 °C (3 °F), breaking the previous record of -13.9 °C (7 °F) set in 1884.
Denver's record low temps for Dec 17 & 18 both occurred in 1909. Record lows: -13° & -12° respectively. Tonight: Expecting -7° to -11° #COwx— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) December 17, 2016
Denver's record Low Maximum for December 17th is 7° in 1884. With low sun angles & midday cloud cover, today's high so far is 3°. #COwx— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) December 17, 2016
As already reported, Denver was not the only city that shattered its temperature records last week.
With -16 °C (4 °F), Boston woke up to coldest December 16 in 133 years, breaking the previous of -17 °C (1 °F) set in 1883, according to the National Weather Service.
In Southern California, a record low temperature of -8.8 °C (16 °F) was set at Lancaster Airport on Sunday morning, December 18, breaking the previous record of -8.3 °C (17 °F) set in 1995.
At Santa Maria Airport, a record low temperature of -2.7 °C (27 °F) was set on the same day, breaking the previous record of -2.2 °C (28 °F) degrees set in 1928.
Featured image: Denver, Colorado as seen by Terra/MODIS on December 17, 2016. Credit: NASA