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Boise’s chilly Thursday morning broke a 34-year-old low-temperature record

A cold front that moved through the Northwest this week brought temperatures 15 to 20 degrees below normal in the Treasure Valley and broke a longtime low-temperature record in Boise, according to the National Weather Service’s Boise branch.

According to senior meteorologist Stephen Parker, the agency recorded a low of 23 degrees at its Boise Airport-area office on Thursday morning. The previous record, 26 degrees, was set in 1985.

Though temperatures were similarly chilly on Wednesday, Parker said winds were too strong to allow for a lot of cooling. Gusts had moved through the area by Thursday, creating perfect conditions for temperatures to drop.

Don’t expect the super-chilly weather to continue. Parker said the cold front is “well east of here now.” Forecasts call for warmer temperatures into the weekend, with a predicted high of 67 on Sunday and a low of 42.

“So far October has been a little cooler than normal,” Parker said. “But it’s still early.”

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Nicole Blanchard is the Idaho Statesman’s outdoors reporter. She grew up in Idaho, graduated from Idaho State University and Northwestern University and frequents the trails around Boise as much as she can.