Above is a map showing low temperatures recorded by the Oklahoma Mesonet this morning.
I had earlier reported that the lowest temperature in Oklahoma this morning was -28 in Bartlesville. Well, after the above data were tabulated, the final "winner" came in at -31 degrees in Nowata, which is located about 50 miles North/Northeast of Tulsa.
This extremely cold temperature reading broke the all time record for the state of Oklahoma, which most recently was set back in 1930 when the temperature in Watts fell to -27 degrees.
The extreme cold this morning was sort of the icing on the cake, if you will, of the extreme winter weather that has taken place across the region over the last week to 10 days.
It all started with the snow, of course, last Tuesday and then again this Tuesday night and Wednesday. Below is an image from Spavinaw, Oklahoma earlier today. That small town has received over 50 inches of snow in the last 10 days! Farmers are using their equipment to dig themselves and other local residents out of the deluge of snow.
It will be another bitterly cold night again tonight, but not quite as extreme as this morning. Readings are forecast to range from near -10 in some of the outlying areas with significant snow still on the ground, to 5-10 above zero in areas with less snow on the ground. Lows in the Tulsa area will range from 0 to -5.
Mother Nature will try to help out starting tomorrow, as temperatures climb above freezing and full sunshine should help begin to melt the mounds of snow across the region.