Morning low matches 134-year-old record

Published: Nov. 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2014 at 3:42 PM EST
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - It was so brutally cold Tuesday morning, the Tri-State matched a weather record set before all of us were even alive.

The morning low plunged to 12 degrees around 7 a.m. at Northern Kentucky International Airport. The last time we shivered this much on Nov. 18 was 134 years ago in 1880, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Areas around the region slipped even lower, with 8 degrees recorded in the Butler County community of Millville; 10 in Harrison and South Lebanon and 11 in Bethel.

The region is expected to break a record Tuesday afternoon for the coldest daytime high temperature on this date. The mercury will struggle to reach 18 degrees by 4 p.m., well below the record "low" high of 26 degrees set in 1951.

The low Tuesday night into early Wednesday will tumble to 14 degrees. That is above the record low of 5 degrees from 1880.

The Tri-State is not alone in the deep freeze this week.

Record cold gripped much of the country Tuesday, bringing subfreezing morning low temperatures to about 200 million Americans in the eastern half of the U.S.

Frigid air originating from Siberia is rocketing all the way to the Gulf Coast, where record low temperatures in the single digits, teens and 20s are possible both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, according to weather experts.

While we will warm into the 30s by Wednesday, reach the 40s by week's end and soar into the upper 50s by early next week, other areas of the country won't climb out of the deep freeze quite so fast.

It won't get any higher than the teens and 20s in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes throughout the week for what could be one of the longest spells of subfreezing temperatures ever recorded in November, according to the Weather Channel.

Snow on Monday covered more than half of the U.S., according to the National Weather Service.

That includes Cincinnati, which picked up a daily record of 4.9 inches of snow, making for the 5th snowiest November day here ever.

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