Temperatures hit record low Thursday, warm up on way

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AURORA, Colo. -- Icy conditions that impacted traffic throughout the Metro area Wednesday night were not expected to improve Thursday, as high temperatures were expected to be near record lows for May 2.

And shortly after 8:30 a.m., it was confirmed: Temperatures in Denver hit 19 degrees, setting an all-time record low for May 2, and tying the all-time record for the month of May.

The accidents that took place state-wide on Wednesday night proved just how chilly things got.

Police in Aurora asked all media outlets to warn people to stay off of I-225 Wednesday night because of very icy conditions and numerous crashes. Aurora was on accident alert, as well. Earlier Wednesday evening, police shut down the ramp from westbound I-270 to southbound I-225 because of multiple collisions involving more than a dozen vehicles.

Officials didn't say if there were any serious injuries in the crashes.

As of Thursday morning, temperatures were struggling to climb out of the teens, and the high temperatures for the rest of the day were expected to hover in the low 40s. With that kind of cold in the forecast, overpasses, bridges and ramps were expected to be contain sheets for the morning commute.

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But there was some good news on the horizon, according to Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser. After the chilly Thursday, temperatures are expected to warm up and the melting of this latest spring snow is expected to begin.

"More sunny and dry weather is on the way, with a warming trend heading into your weekend," Fraser said.

Temperatures on Friday are expected to be in the high 50s, with temperatures in the 60s expected for the weekend.

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