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As Temps Drop, A Look At Winter Weather's Past

Last updated on Wednesday, January 14, 2009

(UNDATED) - The next two days in Indiana are expected to be dangerously cold, with lows below zero and highs in the low single digits.

But its been worse in the month of January in the Hoosier state. According to the National Weather Service, the coldest recorded temperature for the state was -33, in Lafayette in 1887. The coldest temperature in Indianapolis was set at -29 in 1856.

Just four years ago, Noblesville residents saw flood waters freeze leaving 6 inches of ice in many places. Most of Indiana saw 6 to 12 inches of snow on the 2nd and 3rd of January 1996.

Indianapolis experienced an enormous drop in temperature on New Years Day in 1864, when the temperature dropped 70 degrees to 20 below, in a 12 hour period.

And many people remember the blizzard of 1978 when up to 20 inches of snow fell in the Central and Southern sections and up to 40 inches fell in Northern Indiana. Winds gusts up to 55 miles per hour caused 20 foot snow drifts and wind chills of 50 below.

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