It's called the telephone wire winter when knees, fenders, and fence posts no longer served as adequate comparisons to the mountains of snow that swallowed trains. January 1977 also set that month's record … But the coldest temperatures should be behind us. Farther south in Burns, Oregon, the second-coldest winter was recorded; the average temperature topped out at a whopping 18.6 degrees. January 1857 brought some of the coldest weather ever to the East Coast. 30, 1966New Market760Alaska –80–62Jan. Below is a list of the lowest recorded temperatures in each state.StateTemp.°FTemp.°CDateStationElevationin feetAlabama –27–33Jan. Overall, the 1980s dished out some of the coldest Decembers on record, but 1983 was king of them all, with 70% of the month colder than average over much of the country. Iowans should continue to limit their time outdoors and follow winter safety tips, as frostbite can still set in quickly over the next few days. With a statewide average of 31.4 inches of snow, more than 5 inches above … Temperatures this winter season averaged 14.7 degrees or 7.2 degrees below normal,” said state climatologist Harry Hillaker. Historical Climate Records and Top 10 lists of extreme events for the Sioux Falls area Petersburg, Virginia, recorded -20 degrees. The meteorological winter (December through February) of 1935/36 was the coldest on record for Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. From Virginia to Massachusetts, temperatures hovered around zero, and over a foot of snow blanketed Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. But in 1983, the nation’s cold weather lovers got a little more than they bargained for. February 1936 was the coldest February on record in the contiguous U.S., narrowly eclipsing February 1899. It was the coldest January on record with an average temperature of 12 degrees (The normal average was 31.1). Iowa’s coldest recorded winter, in 1874-75, averaged 11.5 degrees. It also was the coldest month ever in Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. If you think winter's been unusually harsh lately, check out these frigid temperatures! The Coldest Christmas Ever. Meanwhile, Iowans seemed to take this in stride with a suspiciously friendly Midwest-ness, possibly because Iowa has to deal with a super confluence of shitty weather: snowstorms in the winter… This past winter season has been the coldest experienced in Iowa in 35 years and ranks as the 9th coldest winter in 141 years of records.