Raleigh, N.C. — A blast of arctic air that could push temperatures down to the teens in some spots around the Triangle will arrive by midweek.
The frigid blanket, which is moving into the United States from Canada, already wrapped around the northernmost part of the country on Saturday, causing a dramatic drop in the mercury. Bismarck, N.D., was at 4 degrees with a wind chill of minus 14, while Minneapolis clocked in at 16 degrees with a wind chill that felt like minus 2.
“We keep seeing those temperatures go down with every passing hour,” WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.
The arctic blast will have the same effect when it reaches North Carolina on Tuesday, although the temperature won’t be quite so cold.
Tuesday’s forecast calls for a high of 36 degrees with a low of 27 degrees. Wednesday will warm up slightly to a high of 41 degrees, after a low of 20 degrees.
“Monday night into Tuesday is when that front gets here,” Wilmoth said. “Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, that’s when we’re going to feel it. Some of us might be in the teens.”
Despite the cold, the system is not expected to bring snow like the several inches that fell across the region Thursday night
“It looks like it moves through dry,” Wilmoth said. “So snow lovers, you’re out of luck.”
She said residents should enjoy mild winter weather and plenty of sunshine through the remainder of the three-day weekend. Regional highs will be in the 50s on Sunday and Monday.
“We actually have a big area of high pressure that will dominate for the next couple of days,” Wilmoth said.