ITHACA, N.Y. — The Arctic blast moving through the northeast right now has left some areas seeing the coldest temperatures ever recorded. Ithaca — as per usual this winter — managed to dodge the worst of the weather.

But it still is very cold.

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The coldest temperature this weekend was early Sunday morning when it reached -11 degrees between about 4:46 a.m. and 6:56 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. That’s well below the coldest temperature ever recorded on this day, which is -18 degrees in 1987, reports.  

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But -11 degrees is well below what’s normal for minimum temperatures this time of year, about 16.5 degrees, the Northeast Regional Climate says. On Valentine’s Day last year, for instance, the low temperature recorded was 18 degrees.

Ithaca missed the absolute worst of the Arctic blast, though. Watertown was the coldest place in the continental United States today at 37 degrees below zero, according to

Nevertheless, it sure is cold Sunday morning in Ithaca.

Check out this video of bubbles freezing within seconds, shot right near downtown Ithaca (Be careful about trying this at home. Exposed skin is susceptible to frost bite within a matter of minutes, depending on where you live.):

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Correction at 3:47 p.m. — A previous version of this story contained a link to a story that was out of date. It has since been removed.

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Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.