Record-setting arctic cold coming next week

CLEVELAND - To say that low temperatures this upcoming Tuesday morning will be cold would be the understatement of the year. If current computer guidance is correct, Tuesday morning lows won't just break record low temperatures, it will smash them.

A massive arctic air mass will slide southeast across the Great Lakes into Ohio on Monday. Temperatures will drop below zero by late afternoon or evening Monday and continue to fall through Tuesday morning.

Several of our computer forecast products are predicting low temperatures by the time you get up and go on Jan. 7 of between -15 and -20 degrees. Those are air temperatures.

Winds will likely be gusty out of the northwest at between 15 and 25 mph. That would put wind chill/"feels like" temperatures in the -30 degree range. Dangerous for any exposed skin outside!

The record low temperature for Tuesday in Cleveland is -7, That record has stood since in 1884. Akron and Canton's record low is -5 set Jan. 7 of 1942. Mansfield dropped to a record low of -7 on Jan. 7, 1940. These records should easily be broken.

If we do, indeed, see low temperatures in the -15 degree range, these would be the coldest temperatures seen in Northern Ohio since Jan. 16, of 2009. On that morning, lows at Cleveland Hopkins Airport touched -13. At the Akron/Canton Regional Airport, temperatures fell to -14 degrees on Jan. 16 and Jan. 17!

Of course, the all-time coldest temperature ever in Cleveland occurred on Jan. 19, 1994. On that day, the temperature dropped to -20F. Akron and Canton saw lows hit -25! Highs that afternoon did not rise above the 0 degree mark.

Look for temperatures to stay below zero in most spots during the day this upcoming Tuesday, with more overnight lows between -10 and -15 for Wednesday morning as well! Brrr.

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