Winter cold grips Glenwood |

Winter cold grips Glenwood

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Glenwood Springs residents have had to deal with below freezing temperatures since Dec. 3.

While temperatures are expected to break the freezing mark Saturday, forecasts call for it to remain in the 30s for the all of next week.

According to local weather man, Oscar McCollum, who records daily temperatures and precipitation levels for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, these cold snaps are not “uncommon” before the end of the year, but the extreme cold has caught him a little by surprise.

“This seems to be unusually cold for this time of year,” McCollum said. “Although we usually to get a cold spell just shortly before the end of the year.”

McCollum said that Thursday night’s low for Glenwood Springs was 13 below zero. The two night’s prior were even colder at 15 below zero.

“And that is pretty cool,” McCollum said.

But those temperatures were still not the coldest on record for December. According to, Glenwood’s record low for the month of December was 27 below zero in 1962. However, no specific date was given.

This extended cold spell was the coldest that McCollum could recall in recent years.

“I can’t remember it being this cold, for several years,” McCollum said. “But we have had several spells of temperatures below zero, however that is not too common for December.”

What’s really surprised McCollum this year is not the extreme cold weather, but rather the more than a foot of snow that fell in Glenwood over Monday and Tuesday.

“I don’t remember ever getting so much snow in one day,” he said. “Sometimes we get snow over several days that will total a foot, or 18 inches. But not at one time.”

A little unusual winter weather for December. But, according to McCollum, unusual weather is not so unusual.

“That much snow seems unusual,” he said. “But that is the definition of weather – unusual.”

Friday’s cold morning temperatures hardly phased Sunlight lift worker Emily Geraci.

“I was in Alaska last year, so I’m used to it being pretty cold,” she said.

Still, she was bundled up in three layers of long johns and two insulated jackets, one on top of the other.

“There’s only so much you can bring up on the lift with you,” said Geraci, who is a student at Colorado Mountain College. “I guess you have to expect anything,” she said. “My car was definitely making some funny noises when I started it this morning.”

According to Sunlight Mountain Resort’s Marketing Manager Dylan Lewis, the snow drew skiers to the slopes this week, regardless of how cold the temperatures plunged.

“The snow pretty much counteracts the cold,” Lewis said. “People are happy to have the snow and they deal with the cold.”

– John Stroud contributed to this report

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