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It is cold, but it has been worse

It is cold, but it has been worse

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Baby it's cold outside! This winter will go down as one of the coldest on record in Ohio, but it won't even get near the top 10.

The winters of 1977 and 1978 were the coldest in state history, according to State Climatologist Jeffrey Rogers.

"I think that our end of January average temperature will put us somewhere around 20 to 21 degrees Fahrenheit. The winter of 1976-77 it was 11.1," Rogers said.

Rogers says it may feel colder now because of the last couple of years when winters were relatively mild. The lowest temperatures recorded during those winters was 7 degrees.

It has been 20 years since we've seen temperatures this cold. The lowest temperature recorded in Columbus, -22, happened in 1994. As cold as that is, it's much warmer than the all-time state low temperature of -39 set on February 10, 1899 in the Perry County community of Milligan.

Sub-zero temperatures usually only happen once or twice a winter, but we've already seen several this winter. Rogers says it won't stick around for long. He says cold snaps don't usually stick around more than a couple weeks.

 

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