This is the final morning for the foreseeable future that the temperature will fall below 0.
It was minus 2 degrees with a wind chill of minus 12 at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport this morning, the National Weather Service in Wilmington reports.
Earlier, at 1:52 a.m., the low morning temperature was recorded at minus 6.
There’s one more bitterly cold day ahead. The mercury will only inch up to 0 by 8 a.m. and 11 degrees by noon.
A wind chill advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. today. Winds chills will range from minus 10 degrees to minus 15 degrees.
It will be mostly sunny. The high temperature should top out in the upper teens or low 20s.
The continued extreme cold conditions have more than 100 schools and businesses closing or on delays today.
Most major Ohio school districts in the area are operating on two hour delays, including Batavia, Cincinnati Public, Lakota, Lebanon, Mason and Mount Healthy.
The Anderson Ferry is closed Wednesday apparently because of ice on the river. The ferry closed 7 p.m. Tuesday night an hour earlier than normal and will remain closed today, according to a message on the ferry’s phone line. A Facebook page devoted to ferry said ice was to blame and included pictures of ferry bumping sheets of ice on the water. The ferry is expected to reopen Thursday.
Tonight will be clear with a low around 8 degrees. Wind chills will still be brutal, falling to as low as minus 5.
Warmer air will flow into our region Thursday. It will be mostly sunny with a high in the upper 20s or low 30s.
Clouds will move in Thursday night. The low will only fall to about 24.
Starting Friday, a chance for rain and snow showers will move in the forecast and stay there through Saturday night .Little to no accumulation is expected.
Daytime highs will hover in the 30s and 40s with overnight lows in the 30s and 20s.
Brenna R. Kelly contributed