Yesterday's low of 35 degrees at Toledo Express Airport tied the record low for Sept. 16 that was set in 1966, the National Weather Service said.

The record was tied with a 7 a.m. reading.

Similar temperatures prevailed throughout the region, but temperatures remained balmy enough - barely - for flowers, tomatoes, and soybeans to survive.

The region's first frost usually comes in early to mid-October for inland sites. Shoreline communities often don't get frost until the latter part of that month because of Lake Erie's moderating effect.

Autumn begins Sunday.