Cold to ebb, storm nears

A water fountain frozen on Penn Square in 2011.

It was the hottest of times, it was the coldest of times.

What are the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in Lancaster County?

A review of records at Millersville University's Weather Information Center, which go back to 1914, show the hottest day was August 7, 1918 when the mercury hit 107.

In contrast, the coldest day was minus 18 recorded on Jan. 21, 1994.

What about in Pennsylvania?

Researchers at Penn State found the state record for the warmest temperature was 111 degrees in Phoenixville, Chester County, on July 10, 1936.

At the other end of the mercury, a frigid minus 42 was recorded in Smethport, McKean County, on Jan. 5, 1904.