The official weather station in the town of Jackson recorded a low temperature of 25 below zero on Thursday, February 20, tying a record low for the date previously set in 1955 when the temperature also fell to -25.

While temperatures in the minus 20s are not uncommon at all in Jackson in the winter, cold snaps of this magnitude become less frequent beyond mid-February.

However, the late February cold we are experiencing this year is not unprecedented either. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Jackson during the last 10 days of February was -32, set back on February 29, 1960. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Jackson during the month of February was a bone-chilling -48, set on February 9, 1933.

Alan Smith, Meteorologist

Alan is a professional meteorologist who holds a degree from MSU Denver and writes weather forecasts for Buckrail. He has lived in Jackson full-time since 2015. He is currently a Meteorologist and Operations Manager for OpenSnow, which is a weather forecasting service for skiing and outdoor adventures. At OpenSnow, Alan writes forecasts for the Tetons, Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and North America as a whole.