Record-setting cold continues for another day on Thursday in the Central U.S., where frigid temperatures are hovering to 45 degrees below average.

Casper, Wyo., fell to a low temperature of minus 27 degrees on Wednesday night, which breaks the record for all-time November low temperature of minus 21 degrees, set in 1985.

Overnight lows in Denver, Colo., plummeted to 14 degrees below zero, which ties the record for second coldest temperature in November. The low fell just four degrees short of the all-time November record of minus 18 degrees, which was set in 1877.

Highs on Thursday are forecast to be around 15 degrees in Denver and Casper, though the wind chill will stay sub-zero through the afternoon.

Low temperatures on Thursday morning dipped below minus 20 degrees in Wyoming. (The Weather Channel)
Low temperatures on Thursday morning dipped below minus 20 degrees in Wyoming. (The Weather Channel)

Sub-zero low temperatures stretched from Montana through Wyoming and Colorado, but lows were also well below the freezing mark as far south as central Texas, where just three days ago on Monday, temperatures had surged into the mid-80s.

Flights were impacted by icy conditions at the Denver airport on Wednesday, but airport officials are hoping Thursday will be more favorable for air travel, writes CBS Denver:

Flights were delayed throughout the day on Wednesday and the snowy, cold conditions also led to about 50 canceled flights.

“It sort of felt like we were ice skating into the tarmac,” said Bridget Park, who was among those affected on Wednesday.

A CBS4 crew caught up with Park while she was in the airport’s Jeppesen Terminal and dealing with a flight delay. She said she was holding her breath during her plane’s landing in Denver.

In the Mid-Atlantic, temperatures are around 20 degrees cooler on Thursday morning than they were just 24 hours ago, after the cold front pushed off the East Coast on Wednesday afternoon.

The next big cold shot for the U.S. will target areas further to the east early next week. Tuesday morning lows are forecast to run 35 degrees below average across the central Plains states, and this wave of Arctic air will push east into the Mid-Atlantic by Tuesday night.


Temperature departure from average forecast for early Tuesday morning. (weatherbell.com)