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Meteorologist on Greeley’s weather: ‘You guys got extremely cold’

Nate A. Miller
nmiller@greeleytribune.com

After Friday's Arctic blast, today's high temperatures — which are expected to reach the 20s — will feel downright balmy.

At the Greeley-Weld County Airport, the temperature fell to minus 32 about 7 a.m. Friday. With a 5 mph wind, the wind chill factor hit minus 47, said National Weather Service Meteorologist David Barjenbruch.

"You guys got extremely cold," he said. "You don't get temperatures dropping below 30-below zero very often out there. Even at the airport. The airport is colder than the city."

At other weather monitoring stations in Greeley, the temperature Friday morning fell to about minus 14, with the wind chill making it minus 27. The low recorded at the weather monitoring station on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado, where official weather data for Greeley is kept, was minus 16, well short of a record. The record low for the day was minus 21 in 1971. The high temperature Friday reached 15.

The cold prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind chill warning and Greeley-Evans School District 6 officials to cancel school. The district announced the closure shortly after 4:30 a.m., asking parents to keep students home, warm and inside.

Along with worries over student safety, the district also was not able to start many of the buses in its aging fleet.

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District 6 spokeswoman Theresa Myers said the last time the district closed because of cold was in January 2014, on the first day back from winter break during the 2013-14 school year.

The cold also prompted officials with the Vineyard Church, 1015 9th Ave. in Greeley, to worry about the homeless. The church routinely collects donations of coats, hats and other winter-weather gear from its members. Officials regularly distribute the items to those in need. On Friday, church officials made a special trip around the city, seeking out homeless residents and giving them coats, hats and blankets.

"It's been unusually cold, and there are so many more people who need things," said Victor Bernal, the event coordinator for the church. "We had a whole room full of stuff that wasn't being used."

He said by midday, they had given winter apparel to about 20 homeless residents, and officials expected to help more before they were finished.

Temperatures are expected to begin warming up slowly, beginning today.

"High temperatures should be around 20 degrees through most of town, and then hopefully we'll climb back into the 30s on Sunday, depending on how much sunshine we see," Barjenbruch said. "There's a chance we could stay below freezing if we have more clouds around."

He said cold air from the Northwest Territories and the North Pole has come south, putting much of the country in a deep freeze.

"The weather patterns are set up right now where it's keeping the northern and the northwestern U.S. in below-normal temperatures and a very active weather pattern," he said, noting there would likely be a few more outbreaks of extreme cold before winter is over. "We'll be back to springtime before you know it."

— Tribune reporter Tyler Silvy contributed to this report.

Another school closure

Eaton Re-2 School District and Greeley-Evans School District 6 were both closed Friday because of the weather.

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