Downtown Clinton in snow on Veterans Day

Downtown Clinton turns white with snow Monday. The weather system that brought the precipitation also brought record-breaking temperatures.

CLINTON – The record low for November 12 in Clinton was 9 degrees – until Tuesday.

“We smashed that record,” said Jim Blaess. “It was minus 2 this morning.”

The old record was set in 1921. The normal low for November 12 in Clinton is 33 degrees, said Blaess, the Clinton weather observer for the National Weather Service.

Tuesday was the first below-zero November day on record in Clinton since Nov. 26, 1977 when the temperature fell to minus 8. It was only the 11th below-zero day in November since 1891, Blaess said.

Minus 2 is the coldest temperature ever recorded in Clinton in the first 16 days of November, Blaess said. Colder lows have been recorded after Nov. 16.

Tuesday marks the 22nd consecutive day that Clinton has seen below normal temperatures, Blaess said, and the streak is likely to continue the rest of the week.

Breaking a 42-year-old record by such a large margin impressed Blaess. “It’s amazing when you can smash a record by 11 degrees.

Highs in Clinton this time of year should be in the 50s, said Blaess, but the National Weather Service is expecting highs in the 20s and 30s the rest of the this week.

Tuesday’s low is expected to be in the single digits. Lows will rise into the teens as the week progresses, the NWS said.