Wyoming's capital city greeted 2019 with bitter cold temperatures, the likes of which haven't been seen in decades.

Meteorologist Richard Emanuel with the National Weather Service in Cheyenne says "we bottomed out at 11 below zero" on New Year's morning.

"It doesn't get cold (like that) that often, but it does happen," said Emanuel.

"(It was) pretty cold around 1995 (-9) and there were some below zero temperatures back in 2002 (-5) right around New Year's Day," he added. "(In) 1979, we had 17 below zero."

Emanuel says the good news is that temperatures are expected to rise through the end of the week.

"It looks like that bitter cold air will be shut off for some time now," he said. "It looks like a pretty quiet, mild week."​