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Subzero low temperatures among coldest of winter expected in weekend forecast for Craig

Craig Press Staff Report

Overnight temperatures in Craig could go lower than any yet this winter, according to National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office.

The forecast for Craig and Moffat County includes a low of -12 degrees Fahrenheit overnight Friday leading into Saturday for the area.

Should the mercury get to that level, it would be the lowest temperature yet in a winter that has been relatively mild for Northwest Colorado.

Though the 2018 calendar year’s lowest point came February 21 with a -20 reading, the start to the 2018-19 winter has rarely seen temperatures go below zero.

Before considering wind chill factor, November’s lowest reading came at zero degrees Nov. 26.

Only six days in December have recorded subzero temperatures, and the low of -9 degrees came both Dec. 4 and 5.

December 2017 data showed that the coldest day of the month was on Christmas Eve at -14 in a month that also included an unseasonably warm high of 58 reached on Dec. 2, 2017.

The upcoming weekend could lead into even colder conditions. NWS shows a mostly sunny Saturday with a high of 22 — with possible wind chill making it feel like -20 — with an overnight low of 4.

With a storm sweeping across the region, a 50 percent chance of snow is expected throughout Sunday with a high of 30 and low of 7, though the precipitation is expected to accumulate less than one inch.

New Year’s Eve could be the chilliest day of the month to round out the year with a low of -14 anticipated.