There's a very small town about 45 miles north of Utica called Highmarket.  The  community sits northwest of Booneville on state route 48.  According to a National Weather Service observer, the temperature in Highmarket, NY was 24 degrees below zero on Monday morning.  That makes the Lewis County hamlet the coldest spot in the entire continental U.S. for this date.

Usually, the coldest place in the country distinction is given to Mt. Washington, New Hampshire.  However, their low was reported at a minus 23 degrees at 5 a.m. today, one degree warmer than the Tug Hill town.

The weather observer told the Post Standard that temperatures dipping far below zero are nothing unusual in that area.  Highmarket is also in an area that sees frequent "lake effect" snow, and has already has had 88 inches so far this season.

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