Posted: Apr 16, 2013 12:35 PM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News
MISSOULA - If you live in Missoula, you now have something in common with the Garden City's earliest residents, surviving the coldest April 16 morning on record.
In fact, you even made it through a morning that was one degree colder than that April 16 over a century ago.
The National Weather Service says Missoula's official low temperature of 19 degrees on Tuesday morning broke the old record of 20 degrees that had stood since 1896.
NWS forecasters had predicted the cold would be close to the record, expecting to hit a low of 22 on Tuesday morning. But clear skies helped the temperature to drop even further, eclipsing the old record.
There's the potential for another new record to be set Wednesday morning as the unseasonable cold snap continues.
NWS forecasters have revised their forecast and are now expecting Missoula's low to hit a very frigid 18 degrees Wednesday morning, which would break the old record of 19 degrees, which also dates back to 1896.
A freeze warning remains in effect for the Missoula, Bitterroot, Lower Clark Fork and Kootenai valleys through 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. People are being advised to take measures to protect sprouting plants and tree buds to prevent damage.