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Teeth-chattering cold breaking Las Vegas records

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The frigid air that settled into the Las Vegas Valley this week has already broken records.

A massive winter storm has brought not only snow and ice to much of the nation, but also bone-chilling cold.

Before the system arrived Tuesday, Las Vegas recorded a high temperature near 70 degrees, but the next day the system had moved east and knocked temperatures down nearly 30 degrees. On Wednesday, the mercury only climbed to 45 degrees at McCarran International Airport. That high temperature broke the record for the coolest daytime high of 50 degrees set in 2009.

FOX5 weather anchor Cassandra Jones said temperatures will likely top out in the lower 40s on Thursday. That could break another record for the coolest daytime high of 42 degrees set in 1972.

If that's not cold enough for you, Jones said overnight lows will plummet into the upper 20s and lower 30s. However, those numbers aren't close to the record lows of the upper teens set in 1948.

Because of the cold, the National Weather Service issued a hard freeze warning for the area until Friday morning. Experts said people should take precautions now to protect outdoor plants and plumbing.

Jones said a chance in the Las Vegas Valley remained in the forecast for Saturday. She said snow levels will drop to about 2,500 feet, which includes a majority of the Las Vegas metro area. She said major accumulations of snow are not likely.

The bone-chilling cold doesn't appear to be going anywhere in the near future. Temperatures for the next seven days are forecast to be well below seasonable averages of upper 50s during the day and lower 40s at night.

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