From The Pueblo Chieftain (Matt Hildner):
Saturday morning brought Alamosa a few more bragging rights but little relief from frostbite.
The predawn temperature of minus 29 was the coldest in the lower 48 states, according to the National Weather Service, and would eventually plummet to minus 32. It was the third time this week Alamosa earned the distinction after turning in lows of minus 27 on Wednesday and minus 33 Thursday. The town’s coldest temperature of the week came on Friday when the mercury dipped to minus 34 and eclipsed the previous daily record of minus 32 set in 1972. Saturday’s low failed to set a daily record and was well short of the alltime record of minus 50 set Jan. 28, 1948.
Alamosa, which commonly battles other mountain towns such as Gunnison and Frazier as the coldest spot in the state, has been in a deep freeze since a Dec. 9 snowstorm. During that span, the town has had 13 days with low temperatures below minus 20 and only three days when the high nudged above freezing. That trend may ease next week as the weather service predicts lows of minus 13 Monday and minus 10 on Tuesday.