Homeless pack shelters as arctic air brings frigid cold to region

Posted January 22, 2013
Updated January 23, 2013

— The coldest air of the season arrived in the Triangle Tuesday, setting up a week of frigid temperatures that could bring one of the coldest nights in years, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. 

Highs Tuesday didn't climb out of the 30s, and a northwesterly wind that gusted between 15 and 20 mph kept wind chills in the 20s for much of the day despite abundant sunshine.  Fountain Mountain Cam Cold weather tips

Temperatures dropped below freezing after the sun went down and were expected to plummet into the low 20s and upper teens overnight.

"We're all on our way to very cold night as temperatures drop down into the 20s," Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

The Raleigh Rescue Mission on Hargett Street was at capacity Tuesday night as the homeless sought shelter from the bitter cold.

"The extreme cold amplifies things. Obviously, it's a matter sometimes of life or death," said Lynn Daniell, director of the Raleigh Rescue Mission. "Particularly when it gets down to the upper teens like we're seeing for the night."

As of 10 p.m., it was 20 degrees colder in Raleigh than it was at the same time Monday night.

Frigid air that moved into the U.S. from Canada over the weekend caused dramatic temperature drops in the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, with wind chills well below 0 degrees early Tuesday morning in several states.

"Our temperatures are going to be the big story really for the week," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "Everyone is going to have to deal with it."

Highs will climb into the low 40s on Wednesday, and back into the high 30s Thursday and Friday, but even a gradual warm-up won't get daytime highs to late January averages.


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  • lwe1967 Jan 22, 2013

    At 6:50 p.m., it is 20° with a windchill factor of 6° in Baltimore, Maryland!

  • bohica2 Jan 22, 2013

    Biting cold keeps temps down? Who writes these headlines?

    Re killing off the fleas and mosquitoes, I'll say it might work with the fleas - if their eggs aren't already dormant, but the verifiable biggest mosquitoes in the world inhabit northern Minnesota in the summer, so the freeze doesn't diminish their summertime numbers, nor size

  • simplelogic Jan 22, 2013

    "it's not like the air was created in the Arctic or the Arctic can claim any kind of ownership."

    If the air mass acquired its characteristics in the Arctic, and then came here with those characteristics still more or less intact, I think the term fits.

  • Hans Jan 22, 2013

    Frigid Arctic Blast! Biting Cold! It's 40 degrees out, WRAL.

  • swabby01 Jan 22, 2013

    please bring your pets inside and/or stuff their dog houses with straw so their body heat is retained. blankets absorb moisture and are not effective.

  • br549znc Jan 22, 2013

    There is a tendency for cold weather in January. No real news.

  • submoa Jan 22, 2013

    Arctic Air is a bit of strange term. I mean it's not like the air was created in the Arctic or the Arctic can claim any kind of ownership.

  • romneycare Jan 22, 2013

    the drought will be more severe in midwest , and fairly average in NC around april/may

    for NC, february will be on the cooler side, and warm up in march

  • kikinc Jan 22, 2013

    I'm going to guess highs in the 60's this time next week.

  • Terkel Jan 22, 2013

    Right about the pests. I saw iris blight this summer that almost wiped them out, after 5 years of deer and rabbits couldn't.