Northwest Nebraska has been in the grip of record cold this week, aided by a heavy and, in some cases, record snowfall.
As of Friday, Alliance had set daily records for below-zero temperatures three mornings in a row. Chadron and Valentine had seen two successive days of record cold.
The entire northern half of the Panhandle and much of north-central Nebraska were seeing similar record cold. The records are for daily temperatures, which means for that date only.
Both Valentine and Scottsbluff set daily records for snowfall, too. A blanket of snow helps chill the air, which contributes to a steeper drop in temperature than otherwise would occur if the ground had been bare.
Here are the records, according to the National Weather Service:
Wednesday: 16 below zero; previous record, -7, set Dec. 4, 2009
Thursday: 22 below zero; previous record, -10, set Dec. 5 1972
Friday: 25 below zero; previous record, -19, set Dec. 6, 1972
Thursday: 16 below zero; previous record, -14, set Dec. 5, 2005
Friday: 26 below zero; previous record, -23, set Dec. 6, 1972 (When Friday's temperature hit -26 and winds were blowing 7 to 8 mph, the wind chill dropped to 45 below zero.)
Snowfall record of 8 inches set Tuesday, Dec. 3; previous record, 3.8 inches, set in 1928 and tied in 1953.
Thursday, 17 below zero; previous record, -11, set Dec. 5, 1950, and Dec. 5, 1972.
Friday: 23 below zero; previous record, -15, set Dec. 6, 1972.
Scottsbluff: 7.2 inches of snow Tuesday, Dec. 3; previous record, 5 inches, 1913.