By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN - The lowest air temperatures of the recent cold snap were recorded early this morning, but they still did not reach record low territory.
Overnight lows were 26 degrees below zero at the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Wastewater Treatment Plant in Breitung Township and 34 degrees below zero at the West Iron County Sewer Authority in Caspian.
Jason Alumbaugh, meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Marquette, said that the record low temperatures for Jan. 9 are 30 degrees below zero in the Iron Mountain-Kingsford area and 42 degrees below zero in the Iron River-Caspian-Gaastra area.
Both records occurred in 1977.
Alumbaugh pointed out that none of the temperatures listed above take the wind chill into account. Dickinson and Iron counties saw wind chill values in the 40 below zero range earlier this week, he added.
Cold temperatures today caused a two-hour delay for most area schools. Norway-Vulcan Area Schools and Holy Spirit School were closed.
Warmer weather is on the horizon.
Low temperatures tonight into Friday morning are expected to be in the single digits. High temperatures from Friday through Sunday are predicted to hit the low 30s.
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