TRAVERSE CITY — The biting cold that chomped down on the region during the past 24 hours was extreme, but not enough to set a record.
Temperatures recorded by the National Weather Service dipped to minus 18 degrees in the Traverse City area just before sunrise this morning, four degrees shy of the record low for Feb. 28, said Nick Schwartz, a meteorologist for the Weather Service's office in Gaylord.
And, temperatures Thursday night didn't race sub-zero fast enough to reach the record for that day of minus 16.
"They missed the record for Thursday by one degree just because they couldn't get down quick enough," Schwartz said.
Those lows pale in comparison to some others recorded across northern Michigan. Cadillac recorded minus 26, Grayling minus 31 and Pellston hit minus 33 — four degrees shy of an all-time record low, Schwartz said.
Winter weary northwestern Michiganders will get a short reprieve from the cold Saturday when temperatures climb into the low teens before another cold front bashes the area early next week.
"I'd be hesitant to call it a warm-up," he added.
Forecasters don't expect more seasonal temperatures — near the 30-degree mark — until late next week.