What's causing the Tri-State's blistering cold temperatures?

CINCINNATI -- It was so cold in the Tri-State Tuesday morning, ice was floating down the Ohio River. 

The region hit a low of -6 degrees. But in Alaska, it was a different story. In Anchorage, temperatures hit 50 degrees, breaking a record. Yes, you read that right. The Tri-State was colder than Alaska.

But why?

This winter, the jet stream has been digging pretty far south, dragging arctic air right into the Midwest.

In fact, the Tri-State has seen four arctic blasts this winter, hitting every week in January.

During an average winter, our region only sees two subzero days. But so far this winter, the Tri-State has had 14 days at 10 degrees or colder, and five days below zero.

“It has been terrible here because of just the wind,” Burlington resident Pat Jones said.

Temperatures feel even colder when wind starts whipping, sending our wind chills to dangerous levels at times.  

The good news is we’ve been staying away from breaking any records. 

The all-time coldest temperature in Cincinnati was -25 -- recorded on Jan. 18, 1978. This was known as “the Blizzard of ‘78” and during that winter we also hit our region’s record snowfall: 54 inches.

So far this season, we’ve gotten 33.2 inches of snowfall, which is well above our seasonal norm of 22.1 inches. 

We have more than 20 inches to go in order to hit that record, but we still have about two more months of winter left.

Spring officially arrives on March 20, which means there's plenty of time for some more cold and snow.

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