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Low Temps Monday Broke A 43-Year-Old Record In Marion County

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The weather is not only freezing this week, it’s record-breaking cold. Monday’s low temperature in Knoxville was 14 degrees below zero. Wind chills were dangerously low; in the mid-30s to mid-40s below zero as well, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a wind chill warning for Marion County. The record low temperature for January 6 was set 43 years ago, in 1970 at 11 below. Additionally, meteorologists are forecasting this winter to likely be colder than normal, because the northern regions of Canada didn’t really warm up last winter, and arctic air is funnelling southward through the midwest, even reaching as far south as the Gulf Coast. They do say, however, that precipitation should be about the same as usual.