Subzero temperatures returned to the Parsons area this week, bringing with them ice and snow.

A reading of minus 6 degrees Monday marked the first such dip here in three winters. Lows of minus 18 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday tied for the lowest temperature officially recorded since 1929 in Parsons, the first full year for which official records are kept. Unofficially, on Feb. 14, 1905, Parsons recorded a minus 19 degree reading.

The last subzero reading was minus 6 on both Jan. 17 and 18, 2018.

The longest streak of winters that included subzero readings is seven, from December 1975 through March 1982.

The frigid December of 1983 set a record for the most below-zero readings in a month, eight. Next is six, in January 1997. January 2018 had five below-zero readings.

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