Overnight low of 7 degrees ties record

The Grand Valley tied a record low temperature early Tuesday.

The mercury dipped to 7 degrees at Grand Junction Regional Airport just after 4 a.m. Tuesday, tying the record set in 1931.

But don’t worry, one local meteorologist said, we’re not likely to see a repeat of two Decembers ago when temperatures remained bitter cold for nearly two weeks straight.

“The system actually came through the other day when we had a front come through,” said Paul Frisbie, senior forecaster for the Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service. “It was a modified arctic air mass that basically impacted the entire state of Colorado. In the wake of that, we’re cold. We would have been colder if that front had allowed some snow to fall in the Grand Valley, but it missed us. We’re not as cold as some other parts of the state.”

Frisbie said record low temperatures in the immediate future aren’t in jeopardy.

He’s calling for slightly improving temperatures over the next few days, possibly reaching highs into the low 40s by the weekend.

Until then, overnight lows will remain in the teens, which is slightly lower than average, he said.


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