DENVER -- Denver could see some welcome relief from the bitter cold Friday as temperatures are expected to reach into the upper 30s.The relief will be brief as sub-freezing temperatures and snow return Saturday.
The low in Denver Thursday night into Friday will be in the single digits, but nowhere near as cold as just 24 hours earlier.
Denver shattered two low temperature records in a matter of hours when the mercury plummeted as skies cleared from the recent storm early Thursday morning.
The temperature reached minus 13 degrees just before midnight, breaking the record of minus 4 degrees set on Nov. 12, 1882. And just before 3 a.m. Thursday, the temperature reached minus 14 degrees, breaking the previous record low of minus-3 set on Nov. 13, 1916.
The National Weather Service says Thursday's mark ties for the second-coldest temperature at any point in November in recorded Denver history.
An NWS observer reported a temperature of minus 24 degrees in Elba, which is about 15 miles south of Akron in Washington County.
The temperature rose into the teens Thursday, the third consecutive day the high temperature was below 20 degrees.
Winter storm warnings are in effect for the many mountain locations until Saturday with up to 10 inches possible by Saturday afternoon.
Snow returns to the Front Range on Saturday with 1 to 3 inches of snow expected. Temperatures will be in the 20s this weekend, with Sunday looking dry.
Coldest temperatures in November in recorded Denver history
Minus 18: Nov. 29, 1877
Minus 14: Nov. 13, 2014; Nov. 27, 1887; Nov. 17, 1880
Minus 13: Nov. 12, 2014
Minus 12: Nov. 26, 1887; Nov. 18, 1880
Minus 10: Nov. 29, 1880; Nov. 30, 1877; Nov. 28, 1877AlertMe