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Broken weather records

This Wisconsin winter is one for the record books.

"The cold you have to go out into it and it just stops you," said Sharon Paetzold of Wausau.

The National Weather Service says more than a dozen central and eastern Wisconsin cities, including Rhinelander and Merrill experienced their coldest winter ever.

"The weather goes in cycles and once in awhile we will have a harsh winter," said StormTrack 9 Meteorologist Justin Loew.

Wausau saw its coldest winter in more than a century. Temperatures averaged 7.7 degrees from December through February, which is only 0.4 degrees warmer than the record set 110 years ago.

"It's several generations since we've had a winter this cold so it should be surprising to people how cold and how long it has been cold," said Loew.

But this winter wasn't just one of the coldest, it's also going down as the snowiest. Wausau recorded 64.5 inches of snowfall from December through February, breaking the old record set more than 50 years ago.

Meteorologists say the last time it was both this cold and snowy in Wausau was in 1996.

"But this current winter was colder," said Loew. "It wasn't as extreme as in 1996. We didn't set as many record low temperatures this winter but it was very unrelenting."

This year, Wausau has had 55 days of subzero cold, tying another weather record set in the winter of 1916 and 1917.

People in Wausau are just happy that winter will be soon behind them.

"We survived it," said Michelle Heslip of Wausau.

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