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The Cold Isn't So Bad "Once You Read This

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We unwrapped some Arctic air for Christmas, and it has turned into the gift that just keeps on giving. With a high of 25° Thursday, we are up to four consecutive days with temperatures at or below freezing in Lexington. The stretch looks to continue but it is nowhere close to the longest on record. Sub-freezing temperatures persisted for 18 straight days in January and February of 1978. Most recently in 2007, temperatures remained below freezing for two whole weeks.

Our recent cold snap may not make on a top ten or top five list, but it does look to continue into the new year. Following a small chance for snow Friday night and Saturday, we are tracking another wave of Arctic air to arrive. This blast will be even colder than the one in place right now. We are tracking highs in the lower 20s for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. There is no real change in sight. High temperatures will remain below freezing through at least the end of next week.

If think that's cold, cover your ears, and your eyes, while we talked about the low temperatures during that stretch. We are tracking single digit *air temperatures* through the middle of the upcoming week. It may be the coldest New Year's Eve since 1999 when the low was 5 whole degrees.

Ok, maybe it still is going to be really cold. I'm with you on that one.  But climatologically speaking this is nothing compared to some of the coldest temperatures on record. Lexington's coldest temperature is -21°, which was set on January 24, 1963. The last time lows were in the single digits was in early January of this year. The last sub-zero temperature came in March of 2015.

- Meteorologist Jill Szwed

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