Coldest place in Northeast Ohio reached a frigid -39 degrees Friday morning

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ROME - Record-breaking freezing temperatures reached across Northeast Ohio Friday.

The coldest region in Northeast Ohio was in rural Geauga, Ashtabula and northern Trumbull counties.

In fact, the coldest temperature recorded in the entire state of Ohio was -39 in Rome, Ohio.

"I'll tell you what, I walked outside this morning and I've never been to Alaska, but I've heard about it.  And that's what it felt like," said Tim Murphy, who lives in Rome.

Murphy owns Tim's Towing, a towing and plowing company.

He says the cold temperatures have even affected his equipment.

"I have to worry about lines freezing up.  I basically have to keep my diesel truck, which is my plow truck, inside the shop because of the gelling of the fuel," said Murphy.

The temperatures dropped Friday morning once the winds died down.

-39 was recorded at 7:37 a.m.

"It felt like a burning sensation on your skin, it's like a burning cold," said Frances Dickens, who works in Rome.

According to Fox 8 meteorologist Scott Sabol, Rome could see a 70 degree increase in temperature over a 36 hour period.

That's because it's predicted to go from negative -39 Friday morning to possibly 32 degrees on Saturday.


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