Freezing temperatures have gripped the nation, making Wednesday the coldest day yet this winter.

Morning lows plunged to minus 16-point-three degrees Celsius in Seoul, the lowest to be posted during this year’s cold season. 

As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, morning lows stood at minus 15-point-four degrees in Daejeon, nearly minus 22 degrees in the Daegwallyeong mountain pass in Pyeongchang and minus 14 degrees in Gangneung.

Due to the wind chill factor, temperatures stood at nearly minus 23 degrees in Seoul, minus 25 in Incheon and roughly minus 36 degrees in Daegwallyeong. 

An official of the Korea Meteorological Administration said the nation will continue to see subzero temperatures for the time being with the central regions and some southern inland areas projected to see morning lows plunge below minus 15 degrees.

Currently, a cold wave warning is in place for Seoul, Incheon, Daejeon and Sejong as well as the provinces of Gangwon, Chungcheong, North Jeolla and North Gyeongsang.