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Small Colorado town was one of the coldest places in America Tuesday morning

Another frigid morning following by a slow warming trend
Another frigid morning following by a slow warming trend 02:06

While it was bitterly cold across all of Colorado Tuesday morning, a small town in Moffat County was one of the coldest places anywhere in the country.


The town of Maybell has just 76 people and is located along Highway 40 about 25 miles west of Craig. The coldest air temperature ever recorded in the state of Colorado was in Maybell on February 1, 1985 when the thermometer dropped to -61 degrees.

It wasn't quite that cold Tuesday morning but Maybell was the coldest location in Colorado with -42 degrees. Only a handful of remote areas in Utah and Wyoming were colder than Maybell.

Nearby Craig was also extremely cold with -41 degrees which makes Denver's official low of -6 degrees seem mild.

Observed low temperatures across Colorado on Tuesday, January 31 CBS

After the frigid start on Tuesday, high temperatures will reach the 20s across much of the state. The Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins areas will finally reach above freezing on Wednesday followed by 40s developing on Thursday and Friday. It will also remain dry across Colorado through Friday with sunny skies each day and clear skies each night.

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