BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
If this week were a game of how-low-can-you-go? limbo, this morning's temperature would win.
Temperatures overnight and early this morning hit lows below any in recent memory, ranging from zero to minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
The National Weather Service in Morristown does not have an official temperature record station in Greene County, but is able to access several private and public stations across the county, according to Meteorologist Tim Doyle.
Baileyton Elementary School reported a low of zero overnight, while a private individual in Baileyton reported a low of 2 below zero, Doyle said.
The University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville has been recording temperatures since 1932.
The center reported the temperature at its East Allens Bridge Road location as minus 2.8, the lowest ever recorded at the center on Jan. 7.
But how low can it go?
The lowest reported overnight, Doyle said, was by the Cherokee National Forest at a site close to Paint Creek Campground. There, the low was 5 below zero.
Doyle said that today's forecasted high would likely fall between 11 and 15 degrees.
Early-morning western winds at 10 to 15 miles per hour were creating wind chills of 10 to 20 below zero, he said.
The few snow flurries that came overnight have given way to clear skies. Tonight's forecasted low is around 8 degrees, he said.
From there, Wednesday's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, and highs that can reach into the upper 30s, Doyle reported.
Meanwhile, despite the cold temperatures, roadways remained mostly clear this morning, although there were some slick spots in wooded areas or side roads, according to local officials.
"Just because the roads are clear, I still urge motorists to be cautious," Road Superintendent David Weems said this morning. "You can go around a curve or over a hill and be on ice."
Both Greene County Schools and Greeneville City Schools were closed today because of the extreme cold and the wintry precipitation Monday, but no announcements had been made by presstime about school Wednesday.