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A powerful cold front swept through the region, with wind chills dropping to 20 to 30 below zero. These were the coldest wind chills observed in over 25 years across the region. Paducah dropped down to a -21 wind chill which was the coldest since February 3, 1996. Meanwhile, Evansville plummeted to -30 which was the coldest since December 22, 1989. This was also only the 8th time dating back to 1950 that Evansville has recorded a wind chill dropping down to -30 or colder.  On top of the extreme cold, a few inches of snow fell which snarled travel across the region. Peak wind gusts of 35 to 50 mph were observed during this event as well. A total of three fatalities were reported, including one hypothermia fatality, one vehicle accident fatality, and a fire fatality blamed on improper use of a heating device.
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