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AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL

An Arctic blast of frigid air pushed temperatures to record lows in Wisconsin Friday morning, including Madison.

The National Weather Service said it was 9 above at the airport at 6 a.m. Friday, breaking the record low of 10 for Nov. 10, set in 1979.

Other cities in the upper Midwest were colder, including a 13 below reading in International Falls, Minnesota, and a 1 below reading in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Temperatures are expected to moderate as the day goes on, with a high of 32 in Madison, the National Weather Service said.

27 Storm Track meteorologist Branden Borremans said we should see a mix of precipitation on Saturday and a high of 38, with a few light afternoon rain showers, a rain/snow mix in the evening and a drizzle/freezing drizzle mix late Saturday night.

The Weather Service said the transition from light snow to light freezing drizzle could impact travel in southern Wisconsin early Sunday morning.

Sunday is expected to start out cloudy with gradual clearing and a high near 40.

Monday looks chilly but sunny with a high of 44.

Clouds move in on Tuesday as temperatures climb to about 50, with showers possible in the afternoon and night.

Wednesday looks good with sun and 50, then clouds come back on Thursday with a chance for rain and snow showers.

Borremans said it'll be windy and colder next Friday with a high of 39.

Thursday's high in Madison was 41, 7 degrees below normal and 32 degrees below the record of 73 for Nov. 9, set in 1999.

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The low on Thursday was 14, 17 degrees below normal and only 1 degree above the record low of 13 for the date, set in 2003.

A trace of precipitation was recorded at the airport, keeping the November total at 0.35 inches, 0.37 inches below normal.

The record precipitation total on Nov. 9 was 1.23 inches in 2011.

The precipitation total for the meteorological fall (September through November) stayed at 4.46 inches, 1.79 inches below normal, and the year's total stayed at 37.22 inches, 6.15 inches above normal.

The record snowfall on Nov. 9 was 6.8 inches in 1985.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.