By Chris Spears

DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s weather history is full of extremes, but nothing like what happened on Feb. 1, 1985, when the small village of Maybell dropped to -61 degrees. It was one of several bitterly cold days in the wake of an arctic front.

Other lows around Northwest Colorado on that date include…

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-45 degrees in Walden

-44 degrees in Steamboat Springs

-42 degrees in Grand Lake (6 miles SSW)

-40 degrees at Williams Fork Dam

-36 degrees in Hayden

-36 degrees in Spicer

-35 degrees in Craig (4 miles SW)

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-35 degrees in Grand Lake (1 mile NW)

-34 degrees in Little Hills

-34 degrees on Berthoud Pass

-30 degrees in Allenspark (2 miles SE)

-27 degrees in Rangely (1 mile E)

-26 degrees at Cabin Creek


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It was also extremely cold in Denver on Feb. 1, 1985, with a a high of 2 degrees and a low of -13 degrees. In fact the low in Denver fell below zero every night between Jan. 30 and Feb. 7 of that year.

Chris Spears