West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Plummets to Minus-31 Degrees, Setting Record Low for Region

West Virginia’s Canaan Valley plummets to minus-31, setting record low for region

In an elevated valley of northeast West Virginia on Saturday morning, it was colder than just about anywhere in Alaska and among the most frigid locations in the entire United States.

Just 125 miles west of Washington, the temperature at a weather station in Canaan Valley plunged to minus-31 degrees. It is the coldest reading on record in that part of the state.

The weather station is managed by Virginia Tech at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

The previous lowest temperature measured in Canaan Valley was minus-27 on Jan. 21, 1985, according to Robert Leffler, a retired National Weather Service climatologist, who reported the news in an email.

Canaan Valley is a popular ski destination and home to two resorts, Canaan Valley Resort and Timberline.

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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Jason Samenow