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Arctic Plunge Grips Great Lakes; New Record Lows Set

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Feb 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-16 17:14:00-05

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WTXL) -- A potentially historic cold air event around the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes region has busted previous all-time lows for some northern cities.

A clear sky and light winds produced temperatures below zero in many parts of northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania.

Record lows were set Monday morning in Cleveland (-12°), Erie (-18°), Toledo (-9°), and Youngstown (-13°).

The Cleveland office of the National Weather Service reported widespread minimum temperatures Monday from -5° in northwest Ohio to -10° in some portions of north-central Ohio.

Isolated reports of temperatures falling below -20° were seen on unofficial observation equipment in Ashtabula County.  A community in Erie County, Pa., fell to -32°.

Average lows for the region are generally in the lower 20s.