ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Two all-time low temperature records have been broken in Illinois, with Moline dropping to minus 33 and Rockford hitting minus 31.
The National Weather Service says Moline's subzero temperature Thursday breaks the previous record of minus 27 set Jan. 16, 2009. Rockford's Thursday low beats minus 27 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 began easing Thursday before snow moved into Illinois. Between 1 and 4 inches of snow was forecast for northern and central Illinois.
After the snow, forecasts show parts of Illinois warming over the weekend. Some areas could reach 56 Monday.