Columbus records coldest temperature so far this season

Columbus got colder Wednesday night than it has been since Jan. 3, 2008, recording the lowest temperature so far this winter: 19 degrees, reports the National Weather Service.

It hasn't been colder than that since 2003, when a low of 13 degrees was recorded on Jan. 24, the Weather Service says at www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/.

The coldest temperatures measured in other winters over the past few years were 23 degrees on April 26, 2006; 20 degrees on Jan. 24, 2005; and 22 degrees recorded on two days in 2002, Jan. 4 and Feb. 28.

Forecasters expect another hard freeze tonight, down to 22 degrees, but foresee clear skies with a warming trend through the weekend, with highs of 61 degrees Friday, 67 degrees Saturday, and 70 degrees Sunday and Monday. The overnight lows are to stay above freezing, ranging from 33 degrees Friday night to 44 degrees Sunday.