For the third time this month and the 23rd time this winter, the mercury dropped below zero at Toledo Express Thursday morning. The temperature bottomed out at -4, shattering the prior record low for March 13, which was 4 degrees set back in 1948.
The bitter cold was the icing on the cake following Wednesdayâ??s paralyzing snowstorm. The winter storm officially brought seven more inches to Toledo, bringing this winter's record total to 84.8". The storm is now gone, but it will remain frigid for the remainder of Thursday, with highs only reaching the mid 20s despite the fact the sun will be out all day. The average high for March 13 is 46 degrees.
But unlike most of this winter, where the cold snaps would last for several days, this one will be brief. Temperatures will actually start to rise as we go through Thursday night, climbing into the low to mid 30s by Friday morning. The warm up will continue into the afternoon with the help of a mild breeze out of the southwest around 15 mph, with high temperatures expected to return to seasonable levels in the mid 40s.
But temperatures will continue their rollercoaster ride into the weekend. High temperatures are expected to fall back into the 20s yet again by Sunday as the cold air tries its best to hang on as we near the finish of this unforgettable winter season.