In 1994, Ohio Plunged Into An Arctic Freeze That Makes This Year’s Winter Look Downright Mild

With school closings all across the state, varying snow emergency levels, low temperatures lasting for weeks at a time (and actual snowfall occurring in southern Ohio before March,) it might feel like this winter is one to remember.

However, this year’s January temperatures pale in comparison to the deep freeze of January in 1994. (And, of course, the Great Blizzard of 1978.) Twenty-four years ago, Cleveland reached a wind chill index of an astounding -41 degrees F, Cincinnati reached -21 degrees F and Mansfield reached a chilling -57 degrees F. In terms of actual temperatures, Cleveland reached a record-breaking -20 degrees F on January 19, 1994. With the rock-solid, frozen Cuyahoga River, tears freezing on your face and dangerous driving conditions, this deep freeze left its mark on Ohio as one of the coldest winters on record. Too see the full extent of these deadly temperatures, watch the newscast clip below:

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Do you remember this record-breaking winter in Ohio? If so, please share your memories with us!

For more intense winter memories in Ohio, check out our previous article: A Massive Blizzard Blanketed Ohio In Snow In 1978 And It Will Never Be Forgotten.