Undated – Brrrr.
A temperature of minus 31 degrees in Nowata has broken the record for the lowest temperature in recorded history in Oklahoma.
Associate state climatologist Gary McManus at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey says the Thursday morning reading broke the record of minus 27 degrees set Feb. 13, 1905 in Vinita and matched Jan. 18, 1930 in Watts. Temperatures of minus 28 at Bartlesville and Pryor also broke the record.
McManus said the records date to 1890.
The record lows come a day after up to 25 inches of snow fell in parts of Oklahoma. National Weather Service meteorologist David Jankowski in Tulsa said the lows are due to an arctic air mass that followed the winter storm.
Thursday's forecast calls for sunshine statewide and highs in the mid-20s to mid-30s.