Overnight temps cause second-coldest night of season

Posted January 22, 2014
Updated January 23, 2014

— The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for most of central North Carolina – including Wake, Durham and Orange counties – from midnight to 9 a.m. Friday as more bitterly cold air moves into the region.

The overnight low in Raleigh is expected to dip to 11 degrees, and the wind chill will make it feel like zero. It will be the second-coldest night of the season, reminiscent of the overnight low of 9 degrees reached on Jan. 7.

"It's going to be really close to the coldest day we've had," WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said. "People should take the same precautions."

That means making sure pets are inside or sheltered and vulnerable plants are protected. Homeowners are also advised to leave a faucet dripping to prevent pipes from freezing.

Wind chill temperatures will bottom out in the pre-dawn hours and rise to 5 to 10 degrees by early Friday morning, according to the advisory. Friday will be sunny, with a high of 27 degrees in Raleigh.

“It’s really unusual in North Carolina to have a completely sunny day and it never gets above freezing,” WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. “I think we’ve done that twice this winter, and we may have one or two more coming within the next week.”

Public schools in Nash-Rocky Mount, Chatham, Alamance, Person, Halifax and Granville counties will start two hours late because of the cold, and the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro will be closed Friday.

In Virginia, schools in Mecklenburg County will close, and schools in Northampton County will start two hours late.

Read all closings and delays here.

It's been cold all week in North Carolina, starting with a winter storm that swept in from the Northeast on Tuesday. Western North Carolina bore the brunt of the storm, with 5 to 8 inches of snow falling in the mountains. In central North Carolina, counties along the Interstate 95 corridor got between 2 and 3 inches of accumulation.

"We didn't end up seeing much accumulate down south, but from the Triangle north and east, we got more snow," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Snow and ice remained on roads in Nash and Edgecombe counties and near the Virginia border Wednesday night, according to the State Highway Patrol.

Weekend temperatures are expected to reach the low 40s. There will be a brief warm spell on Monday, with 51 as the high before the temperature dips to 31 on Tuesday.


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  • soapbox Jan 23, 2014

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    Yes it has. And there was a time when atmospheric carbon was as high as it is now. It's called the Pliocene and it occurred 3 to 5 million years ago.

    The planet was a very different place then. Ocean levels were 16 to 131 feet higher. The ocean was more acidic and the weather cycles more violent. The climate was warmer and wetter.

    Problem is, all of our high value food crops depend on a temperate climate. Most activities of civilization depend on stable weather patterns, food surpluses and ample fresh water.

    Humans are in for a very rough ride if we enter into another phase like the Pliocene. Plus the speed with which these changes are occurring leave little time for adaptations.

  • Hubris Jan 23, 2014

    " You do realize they also study ice core samples as well that go back 800,000 years." --- Bill Brasky

    How many times do I have to repeat this. 800,000 years. It's much longer than 133 years, yet the earth and its climate has been around much, much longer.

    Climatologists live by grant money. In order to get those highly sought after funds they have to exaggerate their numbers and predictions. You'd do well to rely less on so called experts and more on common sense.

  • Bill Brasky Jan 23, 2014

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    You should tell scientists who devoted their entire lives to studying climate your findings, that 133 years mean nothing. You do realize they also study ice core samples as well that go back 800,000 years.

  • soapbox Jan 23, 2014

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    The link you gave goes to an article preview, not an article. It's like getting your news from the headlines instead of actually reading the news.

    The preview merely states that the rate of "observed" warming does not match the simulated models and goes on to speculate in technical terms why that might be the case. "Significant" in scientific modeling means something different than "significant" in layman's terms. Without access to the actual article it's impossible to tell what it means.

    Since you didn't approve of Mr. Powell's methods or conclusions, here's another link to a site called "Skeptical Science." Their study shows that "of over 12,000 peer-reviewed abstracts on the subjects of 'global warming' and 'global climate change,'.... over 97% agreed that humans are causing it."

    Yes, Virginia, there is a consensus. BTW, climate science is a multidisciplinary study that includes geologists.

  • Hubris Jan 23, 2014

    "Globally: "the average combined global land and ocean surface temperature for December 2013 was the third highest for December since records began in 1880."

    Soapbox, please see my earlier post explaining that 133 years is meaningless in the context of the 3.6 billion years the earth has had an atmosphere. The earth has gone through cycles of much warmer and much colder climates countless times since then.

  • scubagirl2 Jan 23, 2014


    Unless you are going to sleep outside WITH your pet BRING IT/THEM INSIDE!!!!!
    These temps are deadly in a very short period of time for both animals and humans......Save a life!

  • Hubris Jan 23, 2014

    "And among scientists... in the past year, of 2,258 peer-reviewed scientific articles about climate change, written by 9,136 authors, only one disputed that the CAUSE of climate change was man-made." --- KIKINC

    Interesting. I found the source of this in an article on a web site with a very unscientific title "Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility: ...".
    Further down in the comments section someone references a REAL scientific study in the journal Nature called "Overestimated global warming over the past 20 years" ( that casts serious doubts on the topic.

    But more to the point please read Mr. Powell's (the author of the study you referenc) methodology ( for this study. It is no more than doing keyword searches on global warming and climate change. He admits reading a sample of the articles.

    BTW, Mr. Powell is a GEOLOGIST, not a climatologist.

  • soapbox Jan 23, 2014

    Coldest winter in 15 years maybe... And only in North America, in spite of the myopic view of some who would have you believe that what's happening over YOUR house constitutes a worldwide trend.

    Meanwhile, in the Southern Hemisphere they are baking in dangerously high temperatures.

    Globally: "the average combined global land and ocean surface temperature for December 2013 was the third highest for December since records began in 1880."

    Unless you're a cart horse those blinders you're wearing won't do you a bit of good.

  • Geez Louise Jan 23, 2014

    O Spring, Spring! wherefore art thou Spring?

  • kikinc Jan 23, 2014

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    You do know that we're nowhere near the coldest winter, right?