Weather could set new record low temperatures

EUGENE, Ore. - Low tempeartures this week could set some new records but will be balmy compared to a record-setting cold snap 40 years ago.

If forecast lows of 19 and 14 come true Tuesday and Wednesday, they will set new records. The previous records of 21 and 20 were set in 2009 and 1972.

The long-term average low for this time of year is 41.

The forecast lows for the rest of the week could challenge record lows.

On Thursday, the mercury is predicted to dip to 22; the record is 20, set in 1992.

On Friday, a forecast low of 17 will be plenty cold but still warmer than the 15 F record set in 1972.

December 6 was the start of a record-setting cold snap back in 1972.

Over the course of 5 days, the Eugene airport saw both record low temperatures and record low high temperatures.

On Dec. 6, 1972, thermometers bottomed out at 15 and never got above 24.

The weather shifted into deep-freeze mode.

On Dec. 7, 1972, the high was 20; the low hit minus 6.

On Dec. 8, 1972, the high was 13; the low hit minus 12.

On Dec. 9, 1972, Eugene warmed up to 19 F. The low was minus 5.

On Dec. 10, 1972, the high was 16; the low, minus 7.

On Dec. 11, the low hit minus 5 - another new record. But a cold snap from 1919 held on to the record low high temperature for Dec. 11. Records from that nearly century-old cold snap stood even as temperatures remained low in November 1972, with the high not going above freezing until December 16, 1972.