For the Northwest, this will be a cold event, but there's been colder. According to NWS forecasts, the lowest minimum temperatures are expected Tuesday night with a 30ºF in Seattle, 10ºF in Spokane, and -20ºF in Butte.
|Source: O'Conneor and Fean (1955)|
Minimum temperatures in northern Utah were below -10ºF and in some areas below -20ºF. In fact, the November 1955 cold surge is one of the great climatological outliers in Utah weather history. The graph below shows this November's temperatures (so far) along with the range of average and the record highs (red) and lows (blue). Note the -10ºF record minimum on November 15 and -14ºF minimum on November 16, both of which occurred during the 1955 cold wave. Those minimum temperatures are 8ºF and 12ºF colder than any other record minimum in the month.
So, you youngsters out there have no right to complain.