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Published: Sunday, 12/26/2004

Record cold grips Findlay; Toledo mark stands

It was cold enough yesterday morning to set a record in Findlay, but the mercury didn't get quite low enough to do so in Toledo.

The overnight low temperature of minus 17 smashed the minus 12 record that had stood in Findlay since 1983, the National Weather Service reported. A minus 15 reading in Mansfield, Ohio, also eclipsed a minus 12 record there from 1983.

But record lows from that same Christmas morning 21 years ago still stand in Detroit, Toledo, Defiance, and Lima.

At minus 11, Toledo came in two degrees above the Christmas record low, while Lima's minus 14 was three degrees off the record and Defiance's minus 11 was seven degrees shy. Detroit only got down to minus 4 yesterday morning, with the record at minus 10.

Will Kubina, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Cleveland, said high clouds that moved into the region during the wee hours may have kept more records from falling. Whereas a typical day's lowest temperatures occur just before sunrise, the lowest readings yesterday occurred about 1 a.m.

Temperatures struggled to get out of the positive single digits in the region yesterday afternoon, but a warming trend was expected to begin overnight, with highs in the 20s today and tomorrow and snow showers predicted for today.

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