DENVER — Cold air in the mountain valleys of central Colorado dropped the temperature to -44°F Tuesday morning.
That frigid temperature was recorded at Antero Reservoir, south of Fairplay in Park County, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service in Boulder.
It ranks as the lowest temperature of the morning in the contiguous United States (lower 48 states), according the the NWS.
NWS Boulder shared a satellite image that illustrated the cold air over Colorado. It has a timestamp of 6:56 a.m. MT.
Infrared satellite imagery showing the cold air in the mountain valleys this morning. #cowx
The coldest locations were
-44°F Antero Reservoir
-34°F 1W Waverly
-32°F Cowdery pic.twitter.com/JtFM6im5Z8
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) December 17, 2019
While not taking the coldest title, there were some other very low temperatures in Colorado Tuesday morning.
Near the eastern Larimer County community of Waverly, the NWS recorded -34°F. In Cowdrey, near the Colorado-Wyoming border in Jackson County, the temperature dropped to -32°F.
FRIGID MORNING! These are verified morning lows around the mountain valleys in Colorado! Antero Reservoir is a popular ice fishing spot in South Park, and Cowdrey is in Jackson County. The recent snows and radiational cooling allowed the bottom to fall out. #cowx #FOX31 pic.twitter.com/Le3mAldP6E
— Brooks Garner, TV Meteorologist (@BrooksWeather) December 17, 2019