DENVER — Frigid temperatures are sending people to warming shelters as an icy blast sweeps across Colorado, and forecasters are warning that it's not over yet.
National Weather Service forecaster Scott Entrekin said Wednesday snowfall is lighter than expected, but some temperatures along the Front Range and Colorado mountains were double digits below zero.
Meteorologists say cold air will stay in place through the weekend, with lows dropping well below zero in the Denver area.
"We're going to struggle to make it to 10 degrees (above zero). Winter is here, at least it seems like winter," Entrekin said.
One shelter was opened for Black Forest residents who were affected by the Black Forest Fire or recent flooding as a safe haven from the extreme cold this week.
Pet owners are warned that even garages could be too frigid for animals and people could face fines for leaving pets outside.
Up to 11 inches of snow has been reported in the mountains, 7 inches along the Front Range and 2 inches on the Eastern Plains.
The Colorado Department of Transportation says Loveland Pass is closed because of bad weather.
Officials at Denver International Airport said there were no major delays on Wednesday morning. Airlines are deicing aircraft due to the low temperatures and passengers should expect to spend extra time on the tarmac before their departure.