Temperatures might not have hit the record marks for cold weather everywhere Thursday morning, but we haven't heard anyone complaining, as Montana copes with an epic cold snap. 

That doesn't mean a few records weren't snapped as well.

In Lincoln, where wind chills topped 60-below early Thursday morning, the mercury plunged to a daily record of -49 before the official mark of 8 am. Seeley Lake and Ovando weren't far behind with an unofficial reading of -41. A weather station in Potomac recorded -49, but that was just after 8 am and will count as Friday's reading. 

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Bozeman nearly breaks all-time record

In Bozeman, a new daily record of 44-below was recorded early Thursday morning, just two degrees warmer than the city's all-time cold weather record. 

By comparison, Missoula was a "balmy" 19-below zero. National Weather Service forecaster Travis Booth explains the lingering winds early in the morning kept the cold air from becoming denser, and still, which would have meant a few more degrees. However, that also pushed the early morning wind chill over -30. 

Other unofficial temperatures recorded by the NWS office in Missoula


MARIAS PASS                  -49 F

POLEBRIDGE                   -46 F 



RONAN                        -32 F 

YAAK                         -37 F

ST. REGIS                    -27 F

POTOMAC (COOP)               -49 F

CLEARWATER                   -41 F

1.5 S GREENOUGH (MT-MESO)    -41 F

FRENCHTOWN                   -27 F

7.1 N HELMVILLE (MT DOT)     -39 F


STEVENSVILLE (RAWS)          -25 F 

HOT SPRINGS                  -34 F

PLAINS                       -26 F

BUTTE-MOONEY AP              -40 F

And temperatures will remain cold on Friday morning, with most locations remaining below zero. But incoming clouds will bring warming temperatures and clouds with a chance of snow. 

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LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.

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