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Freezing weather that’s cold enough for the record books

A 9-year-old tourist visiting Washington from Australia bundles up near the Capitol. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)

KidsPost readers probably can’t remember a day in the Washington area as cold as Tuesday.

The morning low temperature at Washington Dulles International Airport was 1 degree, which broke a 1988 record of 8 degrees for January 7, the National Weather Service reported. The morning low at Reagan National Airport, 6 degrees, was just shy of a 130-year record. The entire area experienced lows in single digits, and by early afternoon, highs were only in the teens.

The Washington area didn’t get the worst of the blast of Arctic air. Brimson and Embarrass, two towns in Minnesota, logged Tuesday’s low: 35 degrees below zero.

The Midwest had snow in the past few days in addition to temperatures below zero. Benton Harbor, Michigan, had 27 inches of snow between Saturday and Monday. Heavy snow was expected Tuesday and Wednesday in parts of the Northeast.

The frigid air won’t stay here for long. Wednesday’s high temperature was expected to be around 30 degrees at National Airport. By Saturday, the forecast is calling for a balmy 53 degrees.

Staff and wire reports

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