FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Even though we may not have sunshine in the next few days, winter could be worse.
Last year, a polar air mass moved overhead, bringing some brutally cold air with it.
On January 29, our high temperature was 16 degrees with wind chills ranging from -10 to -25 degrees.
On the morning of January 30, we broke the record low temperature as we reached -13 degrees in Fort Wayne.
It was the 10th coldest low temperature ever recorded in the Summit City.
The previous record was -8 degrees, set back in 1966.
Areas outside of Fort Wayne saw temperatures dip below -20.
Ligioner and Huntington both had a low of -22 degrees that morning.
Just outside of Sevastopol, in Kosciusko County, had a low of -24.
Wind chills ranged from 30 below zero to 50 degrees below zero.
It was dangerous to be outside for a few minutes, so many schools canceled classes.
It didn't warm up much during the day.
The observed high temperature that day was 0, which also broke a record.
It was the 7th coldest high temperature ever recorded in Fort Wayne.
The previous record was 6 degrees, set back in 1977.
If you want to read up more about the dangerous cold air, you can here.
Typically, the coldest part of winter happens between mid-January to mid-February, according to NOAA's Midwest Regional Climate Center.
This year, we're going to see steady high temperatures in the mid to upper 30s on January 29th and 30th.
Our low temperatures are going to be balmy in comparison, as those will be in the mid-20s.
And wind chills are going to range from 20 to 30 degrees above zero.
If you want more forecast information, head over to our weather page.