Record cold temps expected Wednesday into Thursday

Cbus Weather Nerd

It has been a very very cold day today.  Officially we topped at 14 this morning just after midnight, and came close to the record low of -5 when we bottomed at -4 this morning.

Overnight tonight we are going to see a very cold night with a lot less clouds, less winds, so this will set us up for the coldest night in 4 years, and we should break the 15-year-old record of -6 for Thursday morning.

Coldest readings in almost 4 years expected

At temperatures this low, it does not take much more than a 5-10 mile per hour wind to make for equally as cold wind chills Thursday morning as we had early Wednesday morning.

You can see below on this chart from the National Weather Service how wind chills work.

Once we get through the cold start to the day on Thursday, we will start to see a mini warm-up with temps pushing into the lower teens during the afternoon and that is when wind chills will get back above zero (barely) in most spots.

Once this brutally cold core of cold air moves away, our next weather system will arrive bringing snow showers overnight Thursday and into Friday morning.  This may bring a few inches of snow to our area to start the day on Friday.

Then after that moves on… we will see a MAJOR warm-up heading through the weekend.  In fact we could see temps climb nearly 60 degrees from Thursday morning to Sunday afternoon.  Feels like temps will climb more than 80 degrees from this afternoon to Monday afternoon!!!

Record temps the next few days:

  • Wednesday: low -5 (1966) 
  • Thursday: low -6 (2004), coldest high temp 8 (1899)
  • Last time we hit -8, 2/24/15 when we bottomed at -11

Remember to bundle up in layers, hats, gloves, scarves, ANYTHING to protect exposed skin.  It can take just a few minutes mid-week for frostbite to occur on exposed skin. Also bring in the pets and take care of the pipes tonight as we will see the coldest temps in nearly 4 years.

Stay warm!

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