Decades-long lowest temperature record broken in Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The cold blast in Rockford is already setting records.

According to the National Weather Service, Rockford reached minus 30 around 6:45 a.m. on Thursday.

The previous-low on record came on Jan. 10, 1982, when the region experienced temperatures of 27 below zero. The records for the Rockford area date back to 1905.

Temperatures pushed the record mark on Wednesday, but fell just short. However, the Rockford area by wind chills of minus 55.

The frigid weather hangs on for most of Thursday. The temperature stands at minus 14 as of 11 a.m. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures will remain in the negatives on Thursday before breaking into the teens on Friday and up to mid-40's over the weekend.