DENVER -- Greeley-Evans School District 6 made the decision to cancel classes on Monday morning around 6 a.m., with administrators apologizing to parents due to the late notices.
"But because of the cold temperatures and wind chill," district administrators wrote in a press release, "buses are having a difficult time starting and we DO NOT want any children standing outside in the cold."
How cold, you ask? At the time the administrators made the call to cancel school, it was -17 degrees in Greeley, with a wind chill of -25.
Those frigid temperatures didn't just catch Greeley school district administrators off guard, either. Park County RE-2 School District administrators delayed the start of all of their schools by 2 hours Monday morning, citing traffic issues with U.S. 285, which was closed from Grant to Antero Junction due to cold weather Monday morning.
Temperatures in Denver were struggling to rise above zero on Monday morning as well, with highs around -6 degrees as of 6 a.m. Those freezing temperatures led to freezing roads, causing one vehicle to slide out and a hit side wall on northbound I-25 just after Orchard Road.
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While Denver and the Western Mountains were shivering, things were even more severe in the eastern portion of the state, with wind chill advisories in effect until 8 a.m. for Adams and Arapahoe Counties, where temperatures had dipped as low as -16 around 6 a.m.
Despite the cold, skies were expected to clear up on Monday, after persistently-overcast skies produced snow showers for much of the weekend. Highs are expected to climb to 29 degrees, with overnight lows going into Tuesday set to be around 17.
After that, temperatures are expected to warm up for the rest of the week, with highs in the 40s from Tuesday to Sunday.