Cassville the coldest city in U.S. Wednesday

Friday, January 19, 2018

City reached -14 degrees on Jan. 14, near record

Saying it was cold on Jan. 17 is putting it mildly.

When the final temperature tallies came in, Cassville clocked in at -14 degrees, making the city officially the coldest in the country on that day.

Eric Wise, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, said it was the third-coldest day in Cassville on record, dating back to 1911, coming less than half a degree from setting a new record.

On Jan. 21, 1977, Cassville registered at -14.3 degrees, and the city saw the same temperature again on Jan. 21, 1984.

"The arctic cold front, mixed with the packed snow from the Sunday and Monday weather events, caused it to get that cold," Wise said. "It was reported Cassville got 3 inches in each event, Sunday and Monday, for a total of 6 inches. If there was less snow, it would not have gotten that cold."

Wise said Cassville received the most snow in the area, as the Springfield airport recorded half as much snow over the two days.

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