It's been a bitter cold month. One of the coldest winters we've experienced in years, according to a severe weather expert from Ball State University. David Call said this has been the coldest January since the 1970s.
"But since then, we generally had a string of mild winters and not a lot of snow either," said David Call. "The only winter that was particularly snowy, of recent memory, was 2009 and that mostly fell in January. This one [is] one of the coldest and snowiest Januarys on record."
In the Akron area, temperatures have hit below zero with the wind chill pushing that number between 20 to 30 below zero.
"Boy, we've gotten cold. I mean we're talking temperatures down 10 below zero. That's not something we see very often. And you really have to go back to some of the bigger arctic outbreaks of the early 90s, or as they say the 1970s, to get that."
Some good news is headed our way. The National Weather Service reports temperatures are expected to reach around 26 degrees tomorrow --- lows could still hover around the 20s. By Friday, we could be in the 30s.
Foreclosures dropped in Ohio during the month of January-- the opposite of the national trend.
RealtyTrac CEO Brandon Moore tells the Columbus Dispatch that filings could increase now that the nation's largest banks have agreed to new foreclosure guidelines.
Close to 8,200 foreclosure filings were reported in the state last month, down 5 percent from December.
The nation numbers tell a different story as foreclosures were up by 3 percent.
January foreclosures were up more than 30 percent in several states including Indiana and New Jersey.
Five states accounted for more than half of all foreclosure activity:
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