Storm Team 4Cast for Jan. 22: When will we get relief from the brutal cold?

CREATED Jan 21, 2013

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The coldest air mass of the winter season continues across the state with high temperatures ranging from five below in northern Wisconsin to five above zero in the southern part of the state.

Photos of the Tuesday morning forecast

Temperatures Tuesday will be at or below zero in most locations, but there is slightly warmer air moving back in for Wednesday and the remainder of the week. There could be some light snow in the Milwaukee area Thursday night, a winter weather type we haven’t seen this month.

According to the National Weather Service in Sullivan low temperatures like Tuesday morning in the Milwaukee area are quite rare, as they occurred without a snow cover.

On average the temperature drops to or falls below zero about twelve times each year. During the past three years, however, the temperature has dropped to zero or below only six times.

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The climate record for Milwaukee temperatures and snow cover goes all the way back to 1871, and since then there have been 705 occurrences of temperatures falling to or below zero. During that time period there have been only seventeen occurrences of temperatures at or below zero in Milwaukee with no snow on the ground, or only 2.4 percent of the time.

The most recent occurrence was Jan. 20, 2008, with a low temperature -6.