Cleveland's coldest day: It was -20 on January 19, 1994

CLEVELAND - There’s cold and then there’s record cold.

On Jan. 19, 1994, Cleveland marked its coldest temperature ever recorded: -20. And no, that's not wind chill. 

Some of the images in our video player look as if they could be from any winter, except for two things: a fire in East Cleveland and a little boy with frostbite. He set the bar for cold.

The East Cleveland ladder truck couldn’t leave the scene of a fire at a beauty shop because the ladder was frozen and wouldn’t retract.

A power outage, which stopped the Shaker Rapid, forced a police officer to don an orange ski mask to direct traffic.

A traffic mess on I-77 precedes a story done by WEWS reporter Deb Lee and the video is not for the squeamish.

Lee interviewed a mom whose child had a horrific case of frostbite. The mom was surprised how quickly frostbite took its toll on her child. Ouch.

Do you remember this frigid day? 

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