Record lows were broken at both Dulles and BWI Marshall last night. Dulles broke the record of 20F set back in 1990 by 7 degrees as the location plunged to 13F this morning. BWI Marshall broke its record of 20F set in 1936 as they dropped to 19F this morning. Reagan National, which hasn't broken any record lows between November and March since 1996 was close, but still failed to break the record of 18F this morning as it only fell to 22F.
- Record Lows at Dulles and BWI Marshall Wednesday morning
A number of other records were broken across the country this morning as well. Here are a few cities that also broke or tied low temperature records. You can find a bigger list of all kinds of records from the NWS here.
Elkins, WV: 12F (Old record 14F-1990)
Richmond, VA: 18F (Tied 1936)
Philadelphia, PA: 20F (Tied 1936)
Morgantown, WV: 16F (Old record 19F-1989)
Charleston, SC: 23F (Old record 27F-1949)
Savannah, GA: 26F (Old record 27F-2008)
Jacksonville, FL: 27F (Old record 28F-2008)
New Orleans, LA: 31F (Tied-1946)
While it was freezing in the central and eastern U.S., the opposite is happening in parts of Alaska, with record highs broken in both Anchorage and Nome yesterday.
Temperatures will begin to moderate tomorrow as they settle back into the mid 40s, but another brief cold push is expected Friday before a milder weekend ahead. Just to put this cold in perspective, today will be the earliest day with highs below 40 degrees at Reagan National since 1996. Basically, this is the coldest it's been this early in the season in 18 years. I don't think anyone I've spoken to has missed the cold!