ELKO — The mercury plunged to minus–21 degrees this morning at the National Weather Service office on the east end of Elko.
The official low at the airport was minus–17. That compares with a normal low of 13 degrees and a record low of minus–25 on this date in 1912.
Forecasters at the weather service predict another cold night tonight, with lows in the –5 to –15 range.
“These cold temperatures are dangerous and necessary precautions should be taken to prevent against frostbite and hypothermia. Limit time outdoors and if you must venture out, dress in layers,” said a hazardous weather report on the agency’s website.
Record low temperatures have been recorded in Eureka this week. Tuesday’s low of –16 was well below the record of –12 set in 1985. Wednesday’s low of –14 beat the record set in 1989 by one degree.
The weather service’s extended forecast predicts subfreezing temperatures will continue through at least Tuesday.