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Record-setting cold today in Creston

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 11:16 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, March 3, 2014 11:18 a.m. CST

Record cold temperatures were reported all across Iowa this morning as temperatures plummeted overnight.

In Creston, the overnight low temperature was -9 degrees. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker confirmed this morning that does break the old record of -7 degrees set on this day in 1913.

“Winter started early and is staying late,” Hillaker said.

The record-breaking cold this morning forced several area schools to delay classes two hours. Those schools included Clearfield, Diagonal, Orient-Macksburg, Lenox, Murray, Mount Ayr, Southwest Valley and Nodaway Valley.

Hillaker said there was also record-breaking cold in Des Moines overnight. A temperature of -7 was recorded this morning, breaking the old record of -6 set on this day in 1884.

“It was supposed to be a slam dunk for the record,” Hillaker said. “They predicted -12 degrees, but it didn’t get as cold as expected in Des Moines. The record was still broken, though.”

The high temperature in Creston for today is 20 degrees. Hillaker said warmer weather is on the horizon, though, with temperatures steadily getting warmer throughout the week with a high in the low 40s expected Friday.

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