Record cold moves in Friday morning

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A second blast of cold air plows in from Canada overnight, sending leaves falling, temps plummeting, and goosebumps tingling!

The Storm Team is forecasting widespread low temperatures Friday morning into the teens. Our forecasted low for Toledo itself is 17°. The record for Friday is only 19°, set way back in 1973.

The high temperature may also tie or break another record: coldest high temp. Our forecast is 30° - that's it - for Friday. That would match a number from 1933, during the Great Depression.

We've had hard freezes this fall, but nothing this cold. Friday's temps will the most frigid since the middle of March 2017. That's when Toledo fell to 13° two days in a row: March 14, 15.

What's behind this pattern? Well, for one, we're already cold from Sunday's cold front. Now another cold front (this time without rain or snow) is plowing in from the Arctic. That's buckling the Jet Stream, a powerful current of high-level air. Since the Jet is forced south of Ohio and Michigan, that allows much colder air in. Some call this pattern of Trans-Polar air the Arctic Express, or Polar Express.