With temperatures hovering around 12 degrees at 9 a.m., the Chattahoochee Valley's record low of 17 degrees was shattered by the the "polar vortex" that moved into the area Monday.
According to the National Weather Service, Columbus recorded a record low of 11 degrees this morning.
The previous record was set in 1970.
Students weren't scheduled to arrive at school until a little later in the morning in hopes of fewer standing out in the bitter cold waiting for buses. But the temperature hasn't changed much over the last few hours with a wind chill around 5 degrees.
However, the sun is out and very bright. It will bring temperatures out of the teens and into the 20s for most of the day. Officials at NWS said the area shouldn't see temperature above freezing until Wednesday afternoon.