ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Two all-time low temperature records have been broken in Illinois, with Moline dropping to minus 33 (-36 Celsius) and Rockford hitting minus 31 (-35 Celsius).
The National Weather Service says Moline's subzero temperature Thursday breaks the previous record of minus 27 (-32 Celsius) set Jan. 16, 2009. Rockford's Thursday low beats minus 27 (-32 Celsius) recorded Jan. 10, 1982.
Illinois' statewide all-time low temperature was minus 36 set in Congerville in 1999. It still stands.
The bitter cold that has put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze is expected to ease Thursday before snow moves into Illinois. Between 1 and 4 inches of snow are forecast for northern and central Illinois.
After the snow, forecasts show parts of Illinois warming over the weekend. Some areas could reach 56 Monday.